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Yoshimura Mo­tors was set up in Fukuoka by Hideo ‘Pops’ Yoshimura in 1954, a for­mer air­craft me­chanic who turned to bike tun­ing fol­low­ing the war. Af­ter his en­gines en­joyed early glory in two and four-wheeled rac­ing, it was suc­cess in en­durance rac­ing that cat­a­pulted Yoshimura into the pub­lic eye. In 1973 Yoshimura Rac­ing Amer­ica was opened and in 1978 the Yoshimura Suzuki GS1000 won the Suzuka 8-Hour race with Wes Coo­ley and Mike Bald­win rid­ing, ce­ment­ing close ties with the Suzuki fac­tory that re­main to this day. In­ter­est­ingly, the firm’s sec­ond 8-Hour vic­tory in 1980 was the clos­est win­ning time ever and that’s why the firm con­tin­ues to run the ‘Lucky 12’ num­ber on its fac­tory Suzuka race bikes to this day.

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