F.C.C. TSR Honda France took an incredible victory today winning the 12 Hours of Estoril, after completing 417 laps of the 4.182 km Portuguese circuit aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Honda’s endurance specialists, Josh Hook, Mike Di Meglio and Yuki Takahasi fought hard aboard the Fireblade SP, and with consistent race pace they took the win despite the hot conditions.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France started the 12-hour race in fourth place with Di Meglio and after the first three hours of the race, the team were already sitting in third position. Thanks to consistent stints by the riders of the Honda #5, the Japanese team managed to move into second place by half race distance with consistently fast lap times.

Entering the last quarter of the race, they narrowed the gap with the leader of the race, putting pressure on Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar, who with just an hour and a half left of the race, ran out of petrol and had to enter the pits.

In the last 50 minutes of the race, Hook did the final stint and took the Fireblade #5 to the victory, taking the checkered flag one lap in front of the Kawasaki team. The win sees the team collect 46 valuable points, which moves them into second place overall in the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship standings with a total of 82 points.

National Motos Honda on the #55 Fireblade also enjoyed a strong race. The trio of Guillaume Antiga, Stéphane Egea and Enzo Boulum, who started in 13th place on the grid (fourth in Superstock class), finished on the podium claiming second place.

After the fourth hour, the French team were leading the Superstock class, but by the middle of the race, they had lost laps due to the entrance of the safety car, and ran out of fuel, which demoted them to second place.

The third and next round of the FIM EWC Championship takes place on 18 September, with the legendary Bol d’Or at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Josh Hook

Josh Hook 5

Everybody did such a great job, we didn’t make any mistakes, we focused on our pace and just keep it throughout the race. For sure that we were lucky today but at the end we won, we knew our potential, and consistency paid off. Huge thanks to the team for the great work during the whole week.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France
Mike Di Meglio

Mike Di Meglio 5

After a tough week, finishing in this way is a great reward. It's all about endurance, you must never give up. I asked if I could attack in my last stint and that allowed us to put pressure on our opponents, some of whom made mistakes. We gave it all and we went all the way, it's incredible.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France
Yuki Takahashi

Yuki Takahashi 5

It was very hard for us since the beginning of the week but everyone has worked well to solve problems one step at a time. Today we gave it all and I am very happy for this victory.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France
12 Hours of Estoril

Circuito do Estoril, Portugal

FIM EWC 2021, Round 2

Saturday 17 Jul 2021, 20:07 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Laps
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 417
2 Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar Kawasaki +1 lap
3 BMW World Endurance Team BMW +1 lap
4 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha +2 laps
5 Moto Ain Yamaha +5 laps
6 BMRT 3D MAXXESS NEVERS Kawasaki +7 laps
7 ERC Endurance-Ducati Ducati +7 laps
8 Team Bolliger Switzerland Kawasaki +8 laps
9 National Motos Honda +10 laps
10 YART - YAMAHA Yamaha +10 laps
11 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha +11 laps
12 3ART Best of Bike Yamaha +12 laps
13 Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers Kawasaki +15 laps
14 TEAM 33 LOUIT APRIL MOTO Kawasaki +16 laps
15 Slider Endurance Yamaha +16 laps
16 Team LRP Poland BMW +16 laps
17 Yoshimura SERT Motul Suzuki +17 laps
18 FALCON RACING Yamaha +19 laps
19 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki +20 laps
20 Energie Endurance 91 Kawasaki +21 laps
26 RAC 41 Chromeburner Honda +30 laps
Team Standings
Saturday, 17 Jul 2021
# Team Constructor Points
1 Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar Kawasaki 87
2 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 82
3 BMW World Endurance Team BMW 80
4 Yoshimura SERT Motul Suzuki 76
5 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha 61
6 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW 49
7 YART - YAMAHA Yamaha 32
8 Motobox Kremer Racing Yamaha 31
9 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 27
10 Moto Ain Yamaha 24