Samuele Cavalieri during the preliminary tests for the 2023 “8 hours of Suzuka” endurance race. Astride the No. 23 Team Tatara Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory ( www.facebook.com/samuele.cavalieri76).
31 July 2023 (G.T.) – It is fantastic news for fans in Japan and all over the world: Italian rider Samuele Cavalieri, already busy in Italy in the 2023 Italian Superbike Championship on an Aprilia RSV4 (bike No. 76, Team Nuova M2 Racing), will participate in the renowned “8 hours” of Suzuka - which will be held in Japan on Sunday, 6 August - riding alongside the Team Tatara riders. The race (born in 1978) is part of the Endurance World Championship, organised by FIM-Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (International Federation of Motorcycling). In early July, young Cavalieri (runner-up 2020 Italian Superbike champion) had already flown to the ‘land of the rising sun’ to test with the Aprilia team, shining straight away. He tells about his Japanese adventure on his Facebook and Instagram profiles:
Samuele had already “tasted” the Japanese track previously, after his wild card experience in March at the All Japan Superbike in Motegi, and now he is intent on fully exploiting the RSV4 1100 Factory operated by Team Tatara Aprilia in the NST/National Superstock class. No matter how it goes, Cavalieri has already gone down in the history of the famous endurance competition (which, in fact, lasts 8 hours, with 3 riders for each participating team who take turns riding on the Suzuka circuit), since he is the fifth Italian rider to race the Japanese “8 hours” with an Aprilia bike.
In fact, before him, the tiring and thrilling endurance race (followed by a vast audience) had already seen the participation on Italian bikes from Noale of Daniele Veghini, Federico Aliverti, Samuela De Nardi - the first non-Japanese woman to race in the “8 hours” in 2005, at 21 years of age! and to win in the StockBike class - and Ivan Goi in 2010. And now, 13 years later, an Aprilia is back to compete in the prestigious “8 Hours” of Suzuka. A well-deserved mention for his predecessors and a hearty good luck for Samuele and Team Tatara (in the photo below during the tests in early July).
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