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post #1 of 20 Old 07-27-2019, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Suzuka 8 Hours Live Streaming

A first: MotorTrendOnDemand.com is scheduled to live-stream the Suzuka 8 Hour race tonight in the USA, beginning at 1830 PDT. The service is by subscription, but they do offer a 14-day free trial. What a great way to check it out.
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And just what is the difference between a Suzuka 8 Hours machine and a World Superbike, anyway? Kawasaki give some insights:
https://www.roadracingworld.com/news...ours-racebike/
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The bikes are incredible. Damn, Kawasaki was close, this year. They are figuring this out.
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Motor Trend streamed the Endurance World Championship's live feed, which was very high quality throughout. I watched the entire event! After waiting so many years to see this race coverage I'm gonna switch off and hit the sack? Oh. Hell. No. Sleep is for dead people.

There's tons of drama all race long but that last hour was insane. A few highlights:

On his fourth and last stint in very hot and muggy weather a guy from Northern Ireland is turning a 2:06, qualifying pace?

The interview with the #11 SRT Kawasaki's team manager, on the cusp of losing the championship to the #2 SERT Suzuki, was like prophecy. We don't give up, we stay hopeful until the very end (note: SRT Kawasaki is a regular EWC team, not the Rea - Haslam factory squad).

Lappers are swerving to avoid a muffler laying in the middle of the track! One of them crashes and his spinning bike comes within fractions of taking out an overtaking Rea. SOOOO close to disaster!

Darkness falls with about 45 minutes left, now the track is full of tired guys and tired eyes still racing hard using headlights! Rea's front discs are glowing orange. Night racing here is a fantastic spectacle, against the backdrop of Suzuka's colorfully lit stands and large ferris wheel.

Light rain starts falling with just over 15 minutes to go. It can be seen in the headlight beams, and the track surface quickly develops a sheen. Commentators say that riders probably will stay on slicks, as long as the tires don't cool off too much. How crazy is this getting? Rea leads the #21 Yamaha of Alex Lowes by over 20 seconds.

Remember the SRT Kawasaki team boss' words? With about five minutes left the #2 SERT Suzuki's GSX-R motor goes up in billowing clouds of white smoke and its rider is in no hurry to get off the racing line. Fvck this is nvts!!! Remember, the track is already slick with rain and it's dark out there. SERT Suzuki's failure hands the EWC team championship to SRT Kawasaki, who looked set for defeat a lap previous.

But wait, there's more. Rea crashes in the oil on the very last lap. Now red flags begin waving. Utter chaos out there. Drama! After a few minutes the #21 Yamaha is declared the winner. Michael van der Mark looks a lot more chagrined than delighted, he says OK we'll take it even if it's Kawasaki that really deserved it. Alright, time to hit the sack, before this buzz gets any crazier...it's 4am out here on the left coast.

But wait, there's more!

Overnight, it's decided that the Kawasaki team of Rea and Haslam are the winners. With the red flag, they revert to the finishing order of the previous lap. Many thought there was a rule that said competitors had to return to the pits within five minutes of a red flag or they are not classified. This ridiculous rule exists in MotoGP and SBK but not the EWC.
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Correction: the team which won the Endurance World Championship is SRC Kawasaki, not SRT. Those guys came in leading in points but started off behind the eight ball when they lost lots of ground to SERT Suzuki during an early pace car period. Later, they also suffered a crash and things looked really grim but it all worked out. Well done!
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Lol...I saw a headline, a few hours ago, that said Yamaha won because of that 5 minute pit rule. So, that was BS, and Kawasaki won? I wonder if they will change their mind, again?.

I knew you would be watching , and looked forward to your report.

I just googled the results..so far, many sites have not updated the result.
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Suzuka 2019

https://www.cyclenews.com/2019/07/ar...hours-results/


Kawasaki wins under protest...........
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The EWC doesn't have a 5-minute red flag return rule, and the FIM says that any such rule would not apply anyway if a race ends on a red flag as it did at Suzuka. It seems like the intent of the 5-minute return rule is to facilitate more timely restarts of races interrupted (but not ended) by red flags. Doing that helps keep TV schedules intact.

That being so, perhaps the penalty suffered by Tom Sykes in a recent SBK heat was due to a mis-application of this red flag return rule? Hey, we all know that more rules only makes things more clear and more better, right?
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What a crazy scene...the TV guys were following Rea on the last lap when this happened:
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