The Honda Endurance Racing team celebrates its 24 Hours of Catalunya podium after leading today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for most of the race.
After 24 hours of effort and tough racing with hot temperatures at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Honda Endurance Racing crossed the finish line in second position with a 9-lap gap.
The 24 Hours of Catalunya that were seen as a pre-Suzuka test for the team went well as Honda’s endurance specialists Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Sébastien Gimbert managed to get the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP on the second step of the podium.
The team was leading the race for long hours until a little technical issue kept the CBR in the garage for a longer pit stop than expected in the early morning. When Sébastien Gimbert went back on track after twenty minutes working on the bike, the team was down in second position with a 10-lap gap to catch up. Honda’s endurance rider Sébastien Gimbert pushed hard to try to close the gap and even scored the fastest lap on track with a 1’48.515 lap time. But despite all the riders’ efforts, the team was unable to catch up with the leading team.
This 24-hour test race still offered the riders plenty of valuable track time and the data collected from this race will be of a great value for the team’s strategy for the rest of the season.
This positive result allows the Honda Endurance Racing team to confirm that the technical changes that were made on the bike since the Le Mans race were good and to gain a lot of confidence ahead of the Suzuka 8 Hours that takes place in two weeks time on 26 July.
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