Bridgestone Sweeps Podium at Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours

The tire manufacture gets their 11th consecutive win

Bridgestone swept the podium at the 39th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race making it their 11th consecutive win where racers where using the tire manufacturers rubber.

"I would like to sincerely congratulate the members of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team," said Michihiro Suzuki, Vice President and officer of global brand strategy and motorsport at Bridgestone. "Race day was very hot with high surface temperatures, but the participating teams put on a great show. Our tires performed very well in the extreme conditions, leading to Bridgestone's 11th consecutive victory at Suzuka. I'm more than excited with the result, and we hope to extend our winning streak again next year."

Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and Pol Espargaró raced on Bridgestone Tires at the 39th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours
Bridgestone racers Alex Lowes, Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and Pol Espargaró landed at the top of the podium to represent the tire company at the 39th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours.Photo Courtesy of Bridgestone

Riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Pol Espargaró and Alex Lowes pushed the Bridgestone-equipped Yamaha Factory Racing Team to victory. It was the second year in a row the Yamaha Factory Team has climbed to the top step of the podium at Suzuka. The win also broke the record for most consecutive wins by a single tire supplier.

“We are very excited to bring the victory to our team two years in a row,” said Wataru Yoshikawa, team manager for Yamaha Factory Racing. “Bridgestone has supported us with great performance tires, and I would like to express sincere gratitude as the team representative. We worked closely with Bridgestone to get the best performance out of tires and that brought us the best result.”

Team Green riders Akira Yanagawa, Kazuki Watanabe and Leon Haslam finished second, while Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance Racing Team riders Takuya Tsuda, Joshua Brookes and Noriyuki Haga rounded out the podium, completing the 1-2-3 finish for Bridgestone-equipped teams.