The Honda teams are ready to fight for a 28th victory at what is described by most riders at the most gruelling Endurance race of the year; the Suzuka 8 Hours. The #33 Red Bull Honda team of Takumi Takahashi, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Stefan Bradl will spearhead the quest from third. F.C.C. TSR Honda France, with riders Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike di Meglio, are targeting a defence of their world title at this final round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship.
After three hot and sunny days of testing, practicing and Qualifying, rain hit the 5.821 kilometres long Suzuka Circuit on Friday night. The end of a typhoon followed with heavy rain overnight and all through Saturday, which in the end meant that the Support race of the Suzuka 4 Hours had to be red-flagged just shortly after half time and the result got declared with A.P. Honda Racing Thailand taking the win. The Free Practice Session and the Top-10 Time Trail ahead of the Suzuka 8 Hours were cancelled as well.
With that, yesterday’s combined Qualifying decides the grid for tomorrow’s (28. July 2019) 42nd running of the Suzuka 8 Hours. That meant Red Bull Honda earning third on the grid, just fractions of a second in front of MuSASHi RT HARC.Pro. Honda riders Xavi Fores, Dominique Aegerter and Ryo Mizuno.
The reigning world champions F.C.C. TSR Honda France have impressed all week at the Suzuka Circuit and fought their way to the Time-Trial, which now means they will start the race from seventh position. Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike di Meglio placed their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 in front of the #090 au . Teluru SAG RT team with Kosuke Akiyoshi, Tetsuta Nagashima and Taiga Hada. The KYB Moriwaki Racing team (Yuki Takahashi, Tomoyoshi Koyama, Troy Herfoss) fought to tenth on the grid, making it five Hondas in the Top-Ten.
Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Showa set the 19th fastest time, with Honda Endurance Racing in 21st.
The 42nd Edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours gets underway at 11:30 local time (BST +8 hours) on Sunday 28 July. For all the latest news and updates on Honda at the Suzuka 8 Hours follow @HondaProRacing across social media.