2020 Suzuka Eight-Hours cancelled

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This year’s Suzuka Eight-Hours, already postponed from July until November, has been cancelled due to travel restrictions in Japan.

The Covid-19 pandemic remains a source of concern in Japan, and the government has decided not to lift its entry ban on international arrivals, even for business travellers.

International riders and permanent teams have always been an integral part of the action at the Suzuka 8 Hours, which has become the grand finale of the FIM Endurance World Championship.

In their absence, the grand finale would be a domestic race. As a result, Mobilityland has decided to cancel the 2020 edition.

We had been preparing for the “Coca-Cola” Suzuka Eight-Hours Endurance Race to be held on November 1st together with all of the fans and stakeholders involved in this race event,” said Kaoru Tanaka, President Representative Director of Mobilityland Corporation.

“But, with anguish, we find no alternative but to make the decision to cancel it in consideration of the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Japan and overseas and the fact that there is no prospect of deregulation of immigration restrictions on visitors from abroad at this stage in Japan.

“Once again, we extend our apologies and regrets to all the fans who were looking forward to attending the Suzuka 8 Hours, which had been postponed from the originally scheduled date in July to November.

“We also extend our sincere regrets to all of the other stakeholders involved in this race event and we ask for everyone’s kind understanding and cooperation going forward.

“In closing, let us say that we are determined to make preparations so that the 2021 Suzuka Eight-Hours event will be even more enjoyable for the fans than ever before.”