Teams competing on Bridgestone tires filled all three steps of the podium for the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race while also claiming the top 10 positions overall. 

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TOKYO (August 1, 2017) – Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced that the tire manufacturer swept the podium at the 40th Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Road Race, which took place July 27 – 30, 2017. This is the sixth time teams racing on Bridgestone tires have dominated the podium at this premier race. Additionally, the teams competing on Bridgestone tires covered ranks from 1st to 10th.

Yuichi Nakada, Vice President and Officer, said “I would like to congratulate members of the YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM on their third consecutive win. We are honored once again to join this prestigious race as a tire supplier for select teams. Thank you to the teams and members; we are pleased that this event marked 12 consecutive victories on Bridgestone tires at Suzuka.”

“I’m really proud to have achieved three consecutive wins,” said Wataru Yoshikawa, team manager for YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM. “Bridgestone tires delivered great performance for 8 hours, and contributed to our win. I would like to express sincere gratitude to Bridgestone as the YAMAHA team representative for their collaboration and support with tire management.”

Kawasaki Team GREEN riders Kazuma Watanabe, Leon Haslam and Azlan Shah Bin Kamaruzaman finished second, while F.C.C. TSR Honda riders Dominique Aegerter, Randy de Puniet, and Josh Hook rounded out the podium, completing the 1-2-3 finish for Bridgestone-equipped teams.

About Bridgestone Corporation: Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.