The Honda Endurance Racing team has wrapped up a successful week of testing at Nogaro and Le Mans aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 in preparation for the second round of the FIM Endurance World Championship, the 24 Heures Motos (21-22 April) at Le Mans. The opening round of the championship last September saw the squad place the Fireblade third on the podium after 24 hours of racing.

With the podium at the Bol d’Or fresh in their memory and currently sitting third in the EWC standings, the Honda team welcomed endurance specialist Erwan Nigon to the test, joining teammates Greg LeBlanc and Sébastien Gimbert, completing the line-up for the 24 Heures Motos.

All-three riders boast an impressive EWC record and have all won the 24-hour race at Le Mans at least once in their respective careers. Although present at the test LeBlanc was unable to take part, having received a small injury in the run up to the week, but it was a good opportunity for Nigon who received additional track time as he got to grips with the endurance Fireblade machine.

Over the week the riders worked through changes made over the winter with good feedback and feeling received from both Gimbert and Nigon ahead of their return to the legendary Bugatti circuit for the 24 Heures Motos on 21 April.

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Erwan Nigon

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This was my first test with the team and I am so happy, the atmosphere is amazing and everyone has welcomed me and made me feel part of the team early on. The team is very professional and we have worked hard all week to get me comfortable with the SP2. For me this is the first time I have raced a Fireblade and I am very surprised and happy with how the test went. The bike has good power, the chassis works well and it was a pleasure to ride. All the laps times were consistent and I managed a lot of track time on the bike. We found some good solutions and I feel we are a very strong team and ready for the 24-hour race.

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Sébastien Gimbert

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I am feeling really good after this test, the team has worked very hard over the winter and it has shown this week, as the Fireblade for me feels better than ever and we have had consistent lap times. We were able to test for all weather with dry days and some wet days, so coming to Le Mans I feel in the best position I have for a long time. I also have Erwan again as a teammate, which I am very happy about; he is a very good rider and also is very fast, which for us is good. Everyone is working together so well from the team to the Fireblade and I am walking away from the test positive ahead of the 24 Heures Motos, I think we are in the best position possible and can’t wait to get racing now.

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