After eight hours on track, 223 laps completed and covering a race distance of 1,320km, the Honda Endurance Racing team has come home fourth at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, collecting vital championship points keeping them third in the overall series standings.
The third round of the FIM Endurance World Championship got underway today at 12.30 local time and it was Gregory LeBlanc who started the race for the Honda team in seventh place. With temperatures soaring at the fast and technical 6km circuit, LeBlanc had a flying start off the line and quickly found rhythm within the leading pack.
Throughout the eight-hour event, Honda’s endurance specialists never dropped outside of the top-five and with consistent lap times LeBlanc, along with his teammates Sébastien Gimbert and Erwan Nigon enjoyed the performance provided by the Fireblade SP2.
The riders’ achievements on-track were mirrored by the super-slick Honda crew who gave faultless pit stops across the race, with the squad making eight stops in total and recording the quickest total pit time over the race at 5:20.982 – 25.231s faster than any other team.
Crossing the line after eight hours in fourth place, the Honda team collected 19 points towards their championship challenge where they sit in third place – 15 points from leaders F.C.C TSR Honda France, who finished on the podium in third place at Slovakia.
The Honda Endurance Racing team will now focus and regroup ahead of the penultimate round of the endurance championship, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben, which takes place 7-9 June.