Honda withdraw factory team from Suzuka 8 hour

Winners of last year's Suzuka endurance race pull out due to global financial crisis

HONDA MOTORS announced today (Friday) it's pulling the company's factory team out of the Suzuka 8 Hour World Endurance Championship Race.

The company state the decision was taken for budget reasons amid the global financal slump.

"It's not strictly accurate to say Honda are pulling out of the Eight-Hour race," said Honda's Akemi Ando to Reuters news agency. "It is true that our works teams will not take part. But Honda supplies bikes and technical support to many of the teams and 60 percent of the bikes on the grid will still be Honda bikes."

Honda won last year's Suzuka 8-hour race and were second in 2007.

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