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The 2016 Japanese Enduro Championship held the final round at a very muddy Sports Land Sugo where Kenji Suzuki was on top form to secure his fifth title.

Over 180 riders gathered for the two-day event. The route had approximately 25 kilometres of trails including a 3.8km enduro test, 3km cross test and 800m extreme test.

This event was held after the motocross season was over, so many experienced motocross riders took part their debut enduro event.

Suzuki's factory rider - twice time JMX champion - Yoshitaka Atsuta also participated for the first first time.

 

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Day 1

As riders left the start for day one, the rain began to fall making the trail extremely slippery. In the some special tests traffic congestion was heavy, forcing organisers to cancel some test results. 

Kenji Suzuki (Yamaha) showed strong performance from first cross test to take a hard earned win on day one… 

“I'm very happy to have battled with some motocross men all day. But I wanted to showing strong speed of real enduro riders. It’s been great to win.”

 

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Day 2

Despite the rain easing off during the night, the trail was still extremely slippery. As a result, organisers decided to cancel the liaison sections, instead moving the transfers to pavement roads.

However, the competition still had it tough in the special tests. 

Young gun Takumu Yokozawa (Honda) claimed the best time in six test of the day’s nine teststo win the final day of the season. 

Chasing him home for second, Kenji Suzuki grabbed enough points to win his fifth JEC title. The final step of podium went to Makoto Ogata (Honda). 

In the B class, Ren Ishidoya (KTM) won both day with overwhelming speed. 

The Women's class win went to Masami Fukuda (Husqvarna). Fukuda also took her second title in a row.

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Report: BIG TANK Magazine

Photo: ENDURO.J

 

DAY 1

A class

1, Kenji Suzuki, Blue Riders YAMALUBE, Yamaha YZ250X

2, Yoshitaka Atsuta, TEAM SUZUKI, Suzuki RMZ450WS

3, Takumu Yokozawa, N.R.T. Honda CRF250R

4, Makoto Ogata, GREEN CLUB PURETECH, Kawasaki KX250SE

5, Nobuya Watarai, Kridz DekobokoF, Kawasaki KX250F

6, Yutaro Uchiyama, Blue Riders YAMALUBE, Yamaha YZ450FX

 

B class

1, Ren Ishidoya, KTM Saitama Stars Trading, KTM250EXC

2, Ryu Saeki, Husqvarna Sapporo, Husqvarna TE250

3, Tsutomu Arihara, Wadaya Neo JPN, KTM250EXC

4, Satoru Nomoto, Yamagata, Yamaha YZ250FX

5, Toshiyasu Yamanishi, Frealine Motul,  Yamaha YZ250FX

6, Naoki Fukuoka, Team YEC, Yamaha YZ250X

 

DAY 2

A class

1, Takumu Yokozawa, N.R.T. Honda CRF250R

2, Kenji Suzuki, Blue Riders YAMALUBE, Yamaha YZ250X

3, Makoto Ogata, GREEN CLUB PURETECH, Kawasaki KX250SE

4, Yoshitaka Atsuta, TEAM SUZUKI, Suzuki RMZ450WS

5, Nobuya Watarai, Kridz DekobokoF, Kawasaki KX250F

6, Tadashi Kugimura, N.R.T With MIYAKI, Honda CRF250R

 

B class

1, Ren Ishidoya, KTM Saitama Stars Trading, KTM250EXC

2, Yoshihisa Asano, Dekoboko F, KTM150SX

3, Tsutomu Arihara, Wadaya Neo JPN, KTM250EXC

4, Satoru Nomoto,Yamagata, Yamaha YZ250FX

5, Shinya Takahashi, Team TARGET, Honda CRF250R

6. Masamichi Kudo, Team 910PRO HTS, TM250EN