Teething issues and bad luck at the start of the race dooms the team for the remainder, but the new CBR1000RR Sp2 appears to have potential.
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Determination and hard work propel Honda Endurance Racing at the 24 Heures Motos
With 822 laps completed and 3,440km covered, the Honda Endurance Racing team finished the 40th 24 Heures Motos just outside the top-ten in 11th place today, after an outstanding display of teamwork, determination and hard work over the 24 hours.
The race got underway at 3pm local time at the Bugatti Circuit on Saturday 15 April and all-eyes were on the Honda team and the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, as it made its racing debut in the FIM Endurance World Championship. Freddy Foray started for the team but as he pulled away from the start, disaster struck and a problem with the chain saw Foray immediately back in the pit box.
With minutes ticking by the Honda squad worked hard and Foray was out of the box and on his way chasing down the pack. However, it wasn’t to be plain sailing for the first hour as two-sensor problems delayed team-mate Julien Da Costa, costing the team valuable time and places.
Rejoining the race last, in 59th place, the Honda squad knew they had work to do and trying not to be too disheartened Foray, Da Costa and Sebastian Gimbert set about making their way through the pack.
With super-slick pit stops, Honda’s endurance specialists gave it their all and impressed the EWC paddock with their determination and ‘never give up’ attitude, which by the halfway point saw the team sitting in the top-30.
As daylight broke over the 4.185km French circuit the Honda team had moved into the top-20 and had started to track down the top-ten. 11th place was eventually secured and …read more