The Honda Endurance Racing team has qualified fifth fastest overall ahead of the 81st Bol d’Or, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 16 September) at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Kicking off the new 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship, the Honda team welcomes new riders Gregory LeBlanc and Yonny Hernandez to the Bol d’Or, alongside Honda veteran Sébastien Gimbert. Along with reserve rider Jan Halbich the team has been in the mix throughout all sessions aboard the new 2017 Fireblade SP2.
Endurance specialists Gimbert and LeBlanc have been lending their experience to EWC rookie Hernandez, who has impressed during his first time at an endurance event and finished his final qualifying session in second place.
Showing strong pace and confidence throughout, the Honda squad finished the final qualifying fifth, with a combined average best time of 1:59.244, just 0.635 seconds from pole position.
The Bol d’Or starts tomorrow, Saturday 16 September at 1500hrs local time (GMT+1) and will finish at 1500hrs on Sunday 17 September. For all the real time information on the team throughout the 24 hours, follow @HondaRacingCBR.