Andrew Lee is currently leading the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship aboard his #14 RiderzLaw Kawasaki ZX-10R, and he’s at the top of the point standings because of his consistency. Lee has finished second in all three races so far this year, and while Travis Wyman has been the victor in two of those contests, an unfortunate DNF by Wyman at Road America enabled Lee to leap-frog Wyman and take over the championship lead by 10 points. That kind of consistency will serve Lee well when he races in Japan at the end of July.
Yes, Japan. And Andrew Lee is not just going to Japan to compete in some club event or weekend-warrior racing activity. He’s going to participate in the Mother Of All Road Races, the be-all, end-all of motorcycle endurance road racing competition, the one and only Suzuka 8 Hours. It’s a race in which a whole host of legendary American motorcycle road racers have competed, including Kenny Roberts, Wes Cooley, David Aldana, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, Dale Quarterley, Doug Chandler, Scott Russell, Doug Polen, Colin Edwards and many others.
Endurance racing not only favors consistency, it absolutely demands it, and Lee will put his signature consistency to work aboard the ARMY-GIRL TEAM MF & Kawasaki Racing Team’s #26 ZX-10R. Lee’s teammates include World Supersport rider Hikari Okubo and Japan ST600 rider Kyosuke Okuda, and the team will compete in the FIM Endurance World Championship’s Superstock class at the Suzuka 8 Hours.
“My Riderz Law crew chief Derek Keyes helped put the Suzuka ride together for me,” Lee explained. “Derek raced a ZX-10R for Team 38 PS-K from 2011 to 2013, and he became really good friends with Kawasaki Japan as a result. So, when I started working with Derek, he thought I’d be a good fit for one of the independent Kawasaki 8 Hour teams.”
“When Andrew started testing our ZX-10R over the winter, his speed was immediately apparent,” Keyes said. “So, I started sending e-mails out to my friends at Kawasaki Japan to see if we could work something out and get Andrew on an 8 Hour team.”
Lee and Keyes are very thankful to all the key people in Japan who helped put the deal together. They’re both excited that Lee has an opportunity to showcase his talent; the same talent that has made Lee a frontrunner in the 2018 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship.
Immediately following the most-recent round of the MotoAmerica Championship at Road America, Lee flew to Japan to test with the ARMY-GIRL TEAM MF & Kawasaki Racing Team.
The 41st running of the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race will take place on July 29, which is the Sunday following round six of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah.