The Honda Endurance Racing team has finished the 42ndEdition of the Suzuka 8 Hours in a hard fought 13th. Honda’s endurance specialists Sébastien Gimbert, Randy de Puniet and Yonny Hernandez overcame all arising challenges to bring the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade home safe and sound.
Starting from 21st position, start rider Yonny Hernandez already had made his way up close to the Top-Ten on the first laps, when a unfortunate small crash in the last chicane prior the main straight stopped his assault for some 30 seconds. Hernandez was able to continue without having to put in an extra stop as the Fireblade needed no repair at all.
Around half way through of the Suzuka 8 Hours the Honda Endurance Racing team had to solve a minor issue on the bike, when Sébastien Gimbert entered into the garage directly after his stint. The bike was sent back out again fairly quick after it had repaired and the dashboard got changed.
Together with Randy de Puniet, Hernandez and Gimbert lapped a solid race pace, surprising themselves with slightly better times than expected. The team had tried some set up changes during today’s warm up session and that proved to be a step in the right direction.
There is some confusion going on about the result of the race with the leading team not making it back to parc fermé being excluded – but later brought back in again due to a special paragraph in the Endurance regulations.
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