Round 04 Germany

  • Victory for F.C.C. TSR Honda France at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben

    F.C.C. TSR Honda France fought to a heroic win at the fourth round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben.


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Victory for F.C.C. TSR Honda France at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben

8 Hours of The Oschersleben Motopark, June 9, 2019

F.C.C. TSR Honda France fought to a heroic win at the fourth round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben today, aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 after eight hours on-track and completing 308 laps. Freddy Foray, Mike di Meglio and Josh Hook rode a faultless race, combined with the team doing a brilliant job in the pits, which saw them victorious with a gap of one lap.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France

#1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France

It was a thrilling race at the German venue with a first safety car period in the opening minutes of the eight-hour race. Throughout the race F.C.C. TSR Honda France managed to stay out of all troubles on-track and made no mistakes at all. At the end it proved to be a more than successful race with the team not only taking the race win, but Hook and the Fireblade also secured the best lap time of the race.

There was misfortune for the #111 Honda Endurance Racing team with Randy de Puniet, Sébastien Gimbert and Yonny Hernandez. The squad were fighting for a podium position with Hernandez on-track, but he crashed out after hitting oil on the circuit left by a rival EWC machine.

Luckily Hernandez was unhurt and up on his feet directly after the fall and brought the damaged Fireblade back to the pits. The super-slick Honda crew did an outstanding job to re-build the bike and were able to send de Puniet back out on track in less than ten minutes of repair time. The safety car was still circulating at that point, but de Puniet came back after one lap and left the team finding out the frame had broken, which caused a heartbreaking early retirement.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France move up to third in the overall championship standings with 109 points, just 23 shy behind the leaders SRC Kawasaki France. Honda Endurance Racing holds on to sixth with 79 points.

The finale of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship takes place next month at the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours on July 28.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France

#111 Honda Endurance Racing

Comments

Randy de Puniet|#111 Honda Endurance Racing
“Well that was a strange race and a lot has happened, so it was a matter of being cautious as the track got worse in the race progress too. We had some small issues with the bike that only occurred for the race and never before, but still we were doing a good race, fighting for the podium and at the sharp end. Then simply bad luck came in and Yonny crashed on the oil of another rider. You can't do anything about that and it is just unfortunate. The team was mega quick in the pits to repair the Fireblade again and sent us back out, but for me the feeling with the front was strange so I came back in where we found out the frame was broken. We need to focus on Suzuka now, where for sure we will give our all.”

Yonny Hernandez|#111 Honda Endurance Racing
“What can I say. We are bitterly disappointed as in the end this DNF is not back to ourselves and it was simply bad luck. That is racing for you – especially in endurance. We had some small issues with the bike but we could ride around that and even were fighting for the podium but then I crashed on the oil of another bike that just had gone. I am gutted about that. All I can say is that our team did an amazing job to repair the Fireblade in under ten minutes. We are of course disappointed but have to accept this set back and try to fight at the sharp end at Suzuka again.”

Sébastien Gimbert|#111 Honda Endurance Racing
“Well, we are of course disappointed but at the end this result is not down to ourselves because you can not do much about it when you crash on oil of another competitor. So we are left to look at the positives and that is we were fighting for the podium positions and were amongst the quickest in the field. A big hats off has to go to our brilliant team, that re-build a completely destroyed bike in less than ten minutes. Unfortunately the frame was broken so we could not carry on and get some points. The good thing is, that Yonny is not hurt. We are leaving Oschersleben still with our heads held high as we proved to be amongst the sharp end again and we hope to transfer that to Suzuka and a result there. We will give our all there – even though it will not be easy against the Japanese factory teams.”

Jonny Twelvetrees|Team Manager, #111 Honda Endurance Racing
“Obviously we went down on some oil. It can happen, it is one of those things, it is not a easy one to accept. With a lot of damage to the Fireblade the mechanics did a great job and we had the bike back out in under ten minutes. Randy went out behind the safety car, checked it and something didn't feel quite right so he came back in. We then sorted that we had a broken frame in parts by the crash so it must have been a big crash, because we've never broken a frame! With a broken frame – that's it, game over. Thank you to the team and all the riders. We showed we had the pace but we were fighting out and hanging in to the podium but it was not to be this time. We take stock and we have learned a lot of things again this time and we will put that all in place for Suzuka.”

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Results

FIM Endurance World Championship 2018-2019
Round 4: Germany - 8 Hours of The Oschersleben Motopark

Rank Team
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France / Honda
2 TEAM SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE / Kawasaki
3 VRD IGOL PIERRET EXPERIENCES / Yamaha
4 MOTO AIN / Yamaha
5 FANY GASTRO BMW MOTORRAD- by MERCURY RACING / BMW
6 Wójcik Racing Team 2 / Yamaha
33 Honda Endurance Racing / Honda

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