8 HOURS OF AWESTRUCK
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Endurance races are traditionally settled by attrition and management as much as rider skill, but motorcycles have changed, and so have their riders. Today’s events are nail-biting sprints, each one a testament to modern engineering and fitness. That’s what you see in the FIM Endurance World Championship, where teams take on tracks like Suzuka, Le Mans, and Oschersleben in contests that range from eight to 24 hours. Grinding out laps as darkness falls puts a premium on visibility for riders and spectators alike, leading teams like championship-winning GMT94 Yamaha to run powerful headlights and lit numbers on their race machines.