FIM EWC 2016 - Ninth place start for Honda Endurance Racing at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben

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FIM EWC 2016 - Ninth place start for Honda Endurance Racing at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:47 pm

#FIM #EWC 2016 - Ninth place start for #Honda Endurance Racing at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben
8 Hours of Oschersleben
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany

This weekend the final round of the 2016 FIM Endurance World Championship takes place with the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in Germany and all eyes are on the world title as the season concludes. Honda Endurance Racing will start the race from ninth place after completing today’s final qualifying aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.
Yesterday’s first qualifying session saw Honda’s endurance specialists 11th overall and they knew some work had to be done in today’s final session. First out for the team was Julien Da Costa who posted a 1:28.083 lap, which brought him home 15th.
Working throughout to optimise the settings of the Fireblade to suit the 3.66km German track, next out for the squad was Sébastien Gimbert. Struggling slightly with rib pain after a small crash in practice earlier this week, Gimbert pushed hard finishing his stint sixth overall.
Last out for the squad was Freddy Foray on the CBR, who completed the top-ten in tenth place with a best lap of 1:28.181. The combined times from both sessions see Honda Endurance Racing line up ninth ahead of tomorrow’s eight-hour race.
The 8 Hours of Oschersleben takes place tomorrow (Saturday 27August) at 1400 local time (GMT+1). For all the latest news on the team follow @HondaRacingCBR on Twitter.

Freddy Foray 111
Ninth is OK for the race tomorrow, we will have some work to do, but we have done before so we know that we can do this. It will be important to get a good start to the race and stay consistent for the eight hours. But from practice to today’s qualifying we have improved each time the feeling with the Fireblade, so I think we can push and make our way through the group. Tomorrow the race will be hard and long, it’s very hot here, but we do have a good opportunity to progress tomorrow and I’m looking forward to getting out there.
- Honda Endurance Racing

Julien Da Costa 111
We improved a lot today from yesterday and lap after lap we’re gaining more confidence with the CBR. All of us have similar lap times, which is good for tomorrow’s race pace. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow and I’m sure we can work our way through the pack and get closer to the front. I have a lot of confidence in the team and know that we’re quick in the pit stops, so we need to make sure we’re quick on track. A podium at the end of tomorrow will be good and that’s what we’re aiming for.
- Honda Endurance Racing

Sébastien Gimbert 111
I have been struggling a little after a small crash in practice earlier this week; I have some pain in my ribs so it’s a little difficult. The position for me isn’t good, as a rider you always want to be higher placed and of course first! But we now know that after Portimao the race can be better. I want to finish this year in the best possible position and it’s important here as there are so many teams who are out to also win the championship. I want to win the race and also become World Champions with Freddy, Julien and also the team.
- Honda Endurance Racing

Jonny Twelvetrees
Assistant team manager
We sacrificed some time in yesterday’s session to work more on the race set up and also testing a few different bits. We found out quite a lot from this, what could work and most importantly what does not work, but it was important to do as it has now confirmed our direction. The guys went out this morning and the good thing is that they have all come back in complete harmony with their comments and feedback, and are within two-tenths of each other, which is good to see as we know it will come through in the race. We have qualified ninth, of course we’d like to be higher but it puts us in a position were we can still attack. I have no doubt that our guys can fight their way to the front, I think we’re in for a good battle tomorrow and I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on.
- Honda Endurance Racing
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