Honda Endurance Racing ready to start the Suzuka 8 Hours

8 H DE SUZUKA 2015

Suzuka 8 Hours – SUZUKA

The Honda Endurance Racing team will start Sunday’s 38th “Coca-Cola Zero” Suzuka 8 Hours from 20th position after today’s qualifying sessions at the 5.821km Honda-owned Suzuka circuit in Japan.

Honda’s endurance specialists Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Sebastien Gimbert are taking part in the second Endurance World Championship round in which the squad’s main objective will be to score as many important championship points as possible on board the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

With 70 teams competing at the 2015 Suzuka 8 Hours, the teams were separated in two groups and each rider had two qualifying sessions. The Honda Endurance Racing team finished tenth within B Group.

With a 2’10.342 best lap performed by Gimbert around the legendary Suzuka circuit, the Honda Endurance Racing team will start Sunday’s 8-hour race from 20th position. The Suzuka 8 Hours will start at 11:30 Japanese Standard Time (GMT+9) on Sunday 26 July.

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Neil Tuxworth

We had no problems in qualifying which is a good thing. Freddy had a small crash but that’s not a serious issue for us because we had no problems with the machine and reliability is what we wanted to achieve. Generally the three riders have a very good race pace, we know we are very quick in the pits, we know what our fuel strategy will be and now we’re just looking forward to the race. I’m confident we can be in the top ten and even possibly in the top six if we don’t have any issue during our race.

Julien Da Costa

We are in the same pace as the permanent teams – one of the things that we are sure of is that we have a very good race pace – but of course we would have liked to do a better qualifying as we are competitors. Personally I am quite satisfied, I would have like to be a bit faster but still I am confident for the race.

Sébastien Gimbert

We have a good rhythm on the CBR, we also have a lot of experience in the field of endurance, we have a great strategy and there is consistency between all the three riders within the team – we are all in the same lap times and this is what will make us stronger. We still have a lot of work to do tomorrow before the race on Sunday, but I am happy with what we achieved today. I was satisfied with my lap times, the team worked well, the Dunlop tyres are good and my team-mates were in a good pace as well.

Freddy Foray

Today was not so good for me as I crashed out, but we worked a lot, we will still work hard tomorrow in order to try to get a better feeling at the front. I hope that it will help me to get my confidence back… Tomorrow is another day!

Weather – Sunny

 

Qualifying Results – Results
1 Team Green 2’06.656 TEAM GREEN KAWASAKI Team Green
2 YOSHIMURA SUZUKI Shell ADVANCE 2’06.958 YOSHIMURA SUZUKI YOSHIMURA SUZUKI Shell ADVANCE
3 Yamaha Factory Racing Team 2’06.877 YAMAHA FAC YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 F.C.C. TSR Honda 2’07.798 JPN HONDA F.C.C. TSR Honda
5 MuSashi RT HARC-PRO 2’06.963 JPN HONDA MuSashi RT HARC-PRO
6 Honda DREAM RT SAKURAI 2’08.693 HONDA DREA HONDA Honda DREAM RT SAKURAI
7 Team KAGAYAMA 2’07.594 TEAM KAGAY SUZUKI Team KAGAYAMA
8 EVA RT TEST TYPE-01 TRICK STAR 2’09.117 EVA RT TES KAWASAKI EVA RT TEST TYPE-01 TRICK STAR
9 TOHO Racing with MORIWAKI 2’07.622 TOHO RACIN HONDA TOHO Racing with MORIWAKI
10 MotoMap SUPPLY 2’09.215 JPN SUZUKI MotoMap SUPPLY
11 Monster Energy Yamaha-YART 2’08.973 FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha-YART
12 Au & Teluru Kohara RT 2’09.278 JPN HONDA Au & Teluru Kohara RT
13 Satu HATI Honda Team Asia 2’09.432 SATU HATI HONDA Satu HATI Honda Team Asia
14 BMW MOTORRAD France TEAM PENZ13 2’09.325 NA BMW BMW MOTORRAD France TEAM PENZ13
15 Honda Suzuka Racing Team 2’09.432 HONDA SUZU HONDA Honda Suzuka Racing Team
16 GMT94 Yamaha 2’09.871 NA YAMAHA GMT94 Yamaha
17 SRC Kawasaki 2’09.556 FRA KAWASAKI SRC Kawasaki
18 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team 2’10.222 FRA SUZUKI Suzuki Endurance Racing Team
19 CONFIA Flex Motorrad39 2’10.169 JPN BMW CONFIA Flex Motorrad39
20 Honda Endurance Racing CBR 2’10.342 GBR HONDA Honda Endurance Racing EWC
21 Team Bolliger Switzerland 2’12.099 NA KAWASAKI Team Bolliger Switzerland
22 Team Tenmei Sakura Project 2’10.971 JPN KAWASAKI Team Tenmei Sakura Project
23 Team Tras 135HP 2’12.548 TEAM TRAS BMW Team Tras 135HP
24 Honda Kumamoto Racing 2’11.512 HONDA KUMA HONDA Honda Kumamoto Racing
25 Team Hashimotogumi 2’12.845 TEAM HASHI SUZUKI Team Hashimotogumi
26 Y’s distraction Racing 2’11.833 JPN HONDA Y’s distraction Racing
27 HLO Racing with RANGER & Garage36 2’13.001 JPN SUZUKI HLO Racing with RANGER & Garage36
28 Team Honda Technical College 2’13.351 JPN HONDA Team Honda Technical College
29 Team April Moto/Motors Events 2’13.173 NA SUZUKI Team April Moto/Motors Events
30 TEAM HOOTERS KTM with Syota SAITO 2’13.558 TEAM HOOTE KTM TEAM HOOTERS KTM with Syota SAITO

 

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