The Honda Endurance Racing team has been in action this week (5-6 March), during a private test at the legendary Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans in France, in preparation for the 24 Heures Motos next month (20-21 April).
New recruit Randy de Puniet joined the team for the first time during the two-day test, and enjoyed putting the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 through its paces at the 4.185km circuit.
Battling with intermittent weather conditions, de Puniet alongside his teammates Sébastien Gimbert and Yonny Hernandez have been working to optimise the set-up of the Fireblade. Happy with the progress made over the two days, the team have been developing upgrades to the suspension, electronics and working with Dunlop on new tyre compounds.
From the data collected this week the team will now return to its UK base and prepare for the pre-Le Mans test on 2-3 April, as all teams countdown to the second round of the FIM Endurance World Championship on 20 April.
2018-2019 FIM Endurance World Championship Calendar:
2. 20-21 April 2019 – 24 Heures Motos
3. 11 May – 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring
4. 9 June – Oschersleben 8 Hours
5. 28 July – Suzuka 8 Hours