Next stop in the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship for Honda and its Endurance teams is the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring this weekend (11 May). Besides the race on Saturday for the EWC teams, the World Touring Car Championship (WTCR) will have its Slovakian round on Sunday – with Honda being the only manufacturer to field teams and machinery in both, the two and four wheeled paddocks.
Expectations are high at the 8 hours of Slovakia this weekend, the third round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship. The Honda Endurance Racing team (Randy de Puniet, Sébastien Gimbert, Yonny Hernandez) come fresh from their podium at the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans just two weeks ago and want to carry on their momentum.
The team’s target is the upper step of the podium to gain some more spots in the World Championship standings. The #111 Honda currently holds on to fifth place, having earned a total of 60 points so far. The leaders are only 42 points ahead with three more races to go, so the 2018/2019 World Championship is everything but decided.
Tuesday saw the Honda Endurance Racing team taking part in a test at the Slovakia Ring with de Puniet, Gimbert and Hernandez working hard to gain the proper set-up to the Fireblade for the weekend.
For the F.C.C. TSR Honda France squad (Josh Hook, Freddy Foray, Mike di Meglio), who are the reigning Endurance World Champions, it is time to strike back after bad luck hindered their race in France. The trio also took part in Tuesday’s test sessions and made good progress in race day preparation already. F.C.C. TSR Honda France holds on to sixth in the EWC standings, having collected 54 points.
Thursday will see the Free Practice with both Qualifying sessions for all riders to follow in the afternoon. This time there will be no night practice and no track action on Friday.
The 8 hours of Slovakia will start on Saturday, 11thof May 2019, at 12:00 Local Time noon with the chequered flag being waved eight hours later at 20:00 (BST +1).