News 9 Aug 2023

Updated Suzuka 8 Hours podium following disqualification

EWC leaders F.C.C. TSR Honda France promoted to top three.

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The 2023 Suzuka 8 Hours podium has been updated following a post-race technical inspection that resulted in the disqualification of TOHO Racing.

TOHO Racing, which finished in second position, was subjected to a fuel tank capacity control by the FIM technical directors and was later stripped of its P2 result.

“The control recorded a fuel tank overcapacity in contravention of article of the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship regulations,” a statement from the Endurance World Championship read.

“As is required, a secondary fuel tank capacity control was conducted by another FIM technical director with a fuel tank overcapacity also recorded.

“The FIM EWC stewards panel convened to consider the evidence provided by the FIM technical director and declared motorcycle no.104 did not conform to the 2023 FIM Endurance World Championship Regulations and disqualified motorcycle no.104 from the results of the 44th Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.”

“TOHO Racing appealed the decision of the FIM EWC Stewards Panel, but this was subsequently rejected by the FIM EWC appeal stewards panel.

“As such, the decision to disqualify motorcycle no.104 has been upheld and the positions of all other finishers will be reclassified, while points will be reallocated to the eligible finishers.”

The update elevates SDG Honda Racing (Teppei Nagoe, Haruki Noguchi and Naomichi Uramoto) to second and EWC leaders F.C.C. TSR Honda (Alan Techer, Mike Di Meglio and fill-in Tarran Mackenzie) to third for the event.

The final Ranking of the 44th Coca-Cola Suzuka 8 Hours and the provisional FIM Endurance World Championship points standings are available at