Former motorcycle world champion Kevin Schwantz will return to racing when he competes in the Suzuka 8 Hours later this year. The American, 48, will join the Kagayama team for the endurance race that takes place on July 28 at the Japanese circuit.
Schwantz, who took the 500cc world title in 1993, retired from competitive racing at the end of the '95 season. He will partner former Superbike and MotoGP rider Noriyuki Haga and Yukio Kagayama during the Suzuka event, riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"With two of the toughest and fastest riders, along with three riders who know Suzuka well, I believe that there is a big chance to win," said Schwantz. "Although I have been retired from racing for a while now, I have been riding very frequently as I organize a riding school, so there should not be any problem.
"I have been continuously saying that I have never won at Suzuka 8 Hours, and would like to post a new page in my racing career by winning the race."