The most successful rider at the Suzuka 8 Hour is Tohru Ukawa. The Japanese rider has five victories to his name (1997-1998-2000-2004-2005). All five were won on Honda machinery, two on the RC45, one on the VTR1000 and two more on Fireblades.
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Only Wayne Gardner (1985-1986-1991-1992), Ryuichi Kiyonari (2005-2008-2010-2011) and Shinichi Itoh (1997-1998-2006-2011) have taken four victories at the prestigious race.
If the Yamaha trio win the race again in 2018, two of them, Nakasuga and van der Mark, will both join a very exclusive club. Both riders already have three Suzuka 8 Hour victories to their name, Nakasuga with Yamaha over the past three events, while Van der Mark won two with Honda (2013-2014) while last year was his first with Yamaha.