Honda’s EWC teams; F.C.C. TSR Honda France and Honda Endurance Racing are sitting fifth and sixth respectively in the endurance championship, with the aim to make up ground at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben this weekend. The race is the penultimate round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship season and the 3.667km track has always been a good hunting place for Honda.
Both Honda teams have won the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in the past aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade, with Honda Endurance Racing claiming victory in 2014, and reigning world champions, F.C.C. TSR Honda France, on the top step of the podium in last year’s German Speedweek edition.
F.C.C. TSR Honda France with riders: Freddy Foray, Josh Hook and Mike di Meglio arrive at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben fifth in the EWC standings and having been on the podium at the last round in Slovakia, the trio will be looking towards the win in Germany to further push them up the standings.
The Honda Endurance Racing team with Randy de Puniet, Sébastien Gimbert and Yonny Hernandez will be looking to make amends after the last round where they finished eighth after crashing out from podium contention. Gimbert has experienced success at the event winning with the team in 2014 and de Puniet tasted champagne last year finishing second. For Hernandez it’s another new circuit to learn, but as with the Slovakia Ring it didn’t take much for him to be at the sharp end.
Honda Endurance Racing is currently sixth in the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship, just four points behind the F.C.C. TSR Honda France squad.
With the penultimate round crucial for points scoring ahead of the final round in July, there’s a total of 40 points up for grab at Oschersleben: 35 for the race win and five for the pole position.
The race is set to start on Sunday (9 June), at 13:00 Local Time (BST +1) with the chequered flag to be waved at 21:00 after eight hour on-track.