Tsujimoto was actually the impetus for Schwantz running in last year's event.
During a Suzuka 50th anniversary celebration event in 2011 where he was riding
several bikes as part of demonstration laps, Schwantz met up with Tsujimoto,
and the former All-Japan F1 champion told him of his desire to run the 8 Hour
race. "So his translator—he speaks no English—says he wants to do the 8 Hour,"
Schwantz recalled. "He thinks he's still physically capable of doing it. And I
was thinking, 'you know, that'd be pretty cool.'" However, one of the reasons
Schwantz didn't end up riding a Yoshimura Suzuki last year was because the
team now runs on Bridgestone tires. "I'm running Dunlops at the
(Schwantz) School now. I'm really happy with them. I (wanted) to race on
Dunlops." It's unknown what brand of the Legends of
Yoshimura Suzuki team will be running in this year's Suzuka 8 Hour.