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Kruger recovering after Suzuka crash: "I will be back!"

Montreal racer Dan Kruger is recovering at his US home in Atlanta following a serious crash during practice for the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on July 23 at Japan's Suzuka circuit. Kruger highsided while racing a GSX-R1000 for a Suzuki-based squad and suffered multiple injuries during the crash, during which he lost consciousness.

Kruger suffered a punctured lung, damaged ribs and right hand, a broken collarbone and head injuries that will prevent him from resuming regular activities for the time being. Those head injuries are the current focus of his medical team.

"I highsided and landed on track, and slid unconscious down the track," said Kruger in an email to Inside Motorcycles editor Graeme Jones. "The bike was completely destroyed and my leathers were scraped on all four corners front and back, so it must have been big. Too bad I was knocked out and missed the show."

While the length of his recovery period has yet to be determined, Kruger is hopeful for a return to racing in September, when a road race in Germany and two Chinese Superbike races are on his schedule. "I am quite confident all will be fine in a few months," he summarized.

Inside Motorcycles will post more details as the come available. Safe healing, Dan!

Friday, 31 July 2015 15:46 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Canadian Kruger injured in serious crash at Suzuka

From Team Penz13.com - The Penz13.com BMW road racer Dan Kruger (Montreal, QC) was set to take part in this year’s 8 hours of Suzuka FIM Endurance World Championship race for another team but has asked his friends of his road racing squad to spread this press release and update on his conditions after crashing during yesterday’s free practice sessions with the intention to stop rumours.

The Canadian highsided during yesterday’s second free practice session and got injured. This is what he wrote from hospital this morning.

“I had a bad crash and will not be racing in the 8 hours of Suzuka," said Kruger. "I’ve got a punctured lung, damaged ribs, my right hand, a broken collarbone and some head injuries that are still (being) evaluated at the moment. I am in ICU at the Suzuka hospital. I was unconscious after the crash but I am already recovering. I am not on life support and I am breathing on my own and I am 100 per cent ‘there’ – I am quite certain I will recover fully.”

Team Penz13.com BMW Racing wishes it’s mate Dan all the best and a speedy recovery. We all hope to see you back on the bike at Frohburg later this year in September!

Inside Motorcycles also wished Dan a full, proper recovery.

Friday, 24 July 2015 09:33 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Casey Stoner returns to racing in 2015 Suzuka 8hr‏

Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce Casey Stoner's return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda's MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year's Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday 26th July.

Casey, together with Honda's World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda's sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.

Having recently renewed his testing contract with HRC, Casey tested the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine during January's Sepang test, reporting positively on the machine to Honda engineers.

Casey will have further opportunities to test the Honda machine on the 7th/8th and 14th/15th July.

Casey Stoner:

"After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I've been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka. It's always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I'm really looking forward to taking part! The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I've been used to in my racing to this point. I've been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I'm looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race!"

Shuhei Nakamoto – HRC Executive Vice President:

"We are very happy that Casey agreed to take part in the 8hr with Honda. It will be great to see him back on a bike in a racing environment and I'm sure he will enjoy it. Together with van der Mark and Takahashi they form a strong team to compete in this endurance race – I'm excited to see how they will do."

Shigeki Honda – Team Principal MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO:

"This year, MuSASHi Racing Team HARC-PRO is aiming to win the Suzuka 8hr for the third consecutive year. In addition to our riders, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have celebrated the past two victories , we are very happy to invite the legendary Casey Stoner to join our team. Casey has an enjoyed an incredible career and achieved a huge amount of success. We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team's know how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true."

Michael van der Mark:

"The Suzuka 8 Hour race is such a special event for all the fans and the Japanese people and not many riders get the chance to take part, even though many would like to. I also know what an important event it is for Honda so it's a greathonorfor me to be asked to race the CBR1000RR once more, and this time with Casey as our teammate! The testing and race schedule is quite tough to combine with the World Superbike Championship but I really enjoy riding at Suzuka so I'm very happy to make time for it. The bike is very different to my World Superbike CBR but it's easy to ride so it's not big problem to change. I've had two fantastic years with a great team and it would be really nice and something quite special to get a hat-trick of wins."

Takumi Takahashi:

"The Suzuka 8hr this year means a lot to me and my team since our goal is to win for a third consecutive year, and I'm even more excited to take part together with Casey. Nonetheless, we know our rivals are all set to beat us, so I know it will not be easy to accomplish this goal. I will try to get the best out of the remaining few tests so that we will be able to run the 8hr race as fast as possible without any mistakes. We guarantee to demonstrate our extreme professionalism and excitement to those who will come to Suzuka to support us!"

 

From: Honda Racing Corporation

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Friday, 27 March 2015 13:50 Published in News


Dan Kruger's Racing Blog: Year in Review, Part 1

Epic. Mega. Once-in-a-lifetime. A dream year. Call it what you will, but 2014 was on heck of a year for me. In this blog there will be facts, name-dropping, a little bit of bragging, and some cold, hard facts. When someone told me I should start a bucket list, I did. They forget to tell me that I didn’t need to fulfill everything on that list in the first year! It did create quite a busy year for me, but looking back as we see the year coming to an end, all I can say is… wow, mission accomplished!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:56 Published in Dan Kruger


Dan in Japan (Suzuka blog): Behind the scenes of a big budget race team

I have been very fortunate these past few years with the numerous opportunities I have been given.  Participating in the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race was no different.  Or was it?  No point keeping you in suspense — I will tell you now that it was different in a big way!  It was the first event where I really felt the pressure to ride well, be a team player, and always be available for no matter what was asked of me. The fact that I was doing all this racing for the fun of it meant nothing to my team and the many sponsors behind the team.  They were doing this full-time and it was their job. 

Friday, 12 September 2014 10:28 Published in Dan Kruger


Dan Kruger's Racing in China blog: Testing at Suzuka, Part 2!

In Part 1 of my 'Testing at Suzuka' story, I told you about the process of getting to the world famous Japanese track and getting prepped by a top notch team to test a top notch machine. Have a quick read of Part 1 if you haven't already, and then dig into Part 2 - the on-track experience...

Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:04 Published in Dan Kruger


Dan Kruger's Racing in China Blog: Testing at Suzuka (Japan), Part 1

I finally did it!  I completed a two-day test at the world famous Suzuka Circuit. This was a long time coming with tons of planning; nothing is ever spontaneous with the Japanese.  That is not a bad thing - in fact, when dealing with motorbikes and foreign countries, having a detailed plan is the right way to go. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:59 Published in Dan Kruger


Kevin Schwantz to race Suzuka 8-Hour!

Former 500cc GP World Champion Kevin Schwantz is to make his international racing comeback this year at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Championship second round in Japan.

The 48-year-old, who clinched the 1993 World Championship aboard his #34 Lucky Strike RGV500 Suzuki, will race a GSX-R1000 in a three-rider Suzuki team set-up by Yukio Kagayama that also includes former MotoGP, WSB and BSB rider Noriyuki Haga.

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:48 Published in News