The reigning FIM Endurance World Champions, F.C.C. TSR Honda France had a heroic fight-back at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring today. In the third round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship, the trio of Freddy Foray, Mike di Meglio and Josh Hook fought their way back through the field after an early issue to finish the race in third position on the rostrum. The Honda Endurance Racing team with Randy de Puniet, Sébastien Gimbert and Yonny Hernandez equally fought hard for the victory, but suffered under tricky conditions, eventually crossing the line in eighth position.

On the contrary of the past two years of endurance racing at the Slovakia Ring, the 2019 edition was a fairly wet and tricky affair for Honda’s EWC teams. It had started with wet conditions in Qualifying on Thursday, so riders and teams welcomed the sun for today’s race day. But during the last three hours the rain started to fall on and off, and it became a gamble for pit crews and riders to judge what tyre would be best.

The race ended with a heroically fought third place on the podium for F.C.C. TSR Honda France. The team had a small issue in the early stages and whilst entering the pits, di Meglio fell in the pit entry. The quick-acting crew soon fixed the issue and sent the Fireblade back on-track, where the Honda trio soon set about picking off their EWC rivals, working through the field to cross the line in third place.

Honda Endurance Racing suffered heartache whilst fighting for the victory against eventual winners YART. De Puniet, Gimbert and Hernandez proved on track to be the fastest trio of the Endurance Championship, but pushing for victory always means being close to the limit. At first, de Puniet ran out of track and visited the gravel trap, thankfully the Fireblade was not damaged and he was able to carry on to finish his stint.

When the conditions got tricky, it was Hernandez who made the headlines. He had decided for the correct tyres, first losing ground on the opponents of YART but making it all up at the end of his stint into second place.

Towards the end of the race, de Puniet went out on a full slick set-up, but again fell victim to the weather conditions. Losing rear grip, the #111 Fireblade flipped through the gravel and in true endurance style, the Frenchman returned the bike to the pits where the mechanics made a world class job in repairing the CBR1000RR, to send Gimbert out for the final stint. In the end the squad earned another 15 points towards the World Championship finishing eighth.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France holds fifth in the World Championship, after three of five rounds, having collected 79 points. Honda Endurance Racing is in sixth position, just four points behind F.C.C. TSR. Honda France.

8 Hours of Slovakia Ring

Slovakia Ring, Slovakia

FIM EWC 2018-2019, Round 3

Saturday 11 May 2019, 19:50 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Laps
1 YART Yamaha 218
2 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki + 1 Lap
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda Honda +1 Lap
4 WEPOL Racing Yamaha +3
5 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha +3
6 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki +5
7 BMRT 3D ENDURANCE Kawasaki +5
8 Honda Endurance Racing Honda +6
9 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto Kawasaki +6
10 Moto Ain Yamaha +6
11 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW +7
12 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki +7
13 Wojcik Racing Team 2 Yamaha +8
14 Maco Racing Yamaha +10
15 3ART - Moto Team 95 Yamaha +12
16 Team LRP Poland BMW +12
17 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha +12
18 Webike Tati Team Trickstar Kawasaki +14
19 Bolliger Team Switzerland #8 Kawasaki +14
20 GSM WRS Racing Team Suzuki +16
Thursday 9 May 2019, 18:11 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 YART Yamaha 2:14.279
2 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda +0.828
3 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki +2.022
4 Honda Endurance Racing Honda +2.266
5 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki +2.407
6 Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad by Mercury Racing BMW +2.466
7 Bolliger Team Switzerland #8 Kawasaki +3.321
8 Wojcik Racing Team Yamaha +3.890
9 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW +3.911
10 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha +4.469
11 Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto Kawasaki +4.585
12 WEPOL Racing Yamaha +5.873
13 Motobox Kremer Racing Yamaha +6.032
14 Wojcik Racing Team 2 Yamaha +6.686
15 Moto Ain Yamaha +6.737
16 3ART - Moto Team 95 Yamaha +6.839
17 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki +7.633
18 Team LRP Poland BMW +7.959
19 Maco Racing Yamaha +8.298
20 BMRT 3D MACCIO RACING Kawasaki +9.022
Thursday 9 May 2019, 15:46 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad by Mercury Racing BMW 2:04.758
2 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki +0.314
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda +0.505
4 Honda Endurance Racing Honda +1.302
5 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki +1.431
6 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW +2.102
7 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha +2.534
8 GERT56 by GS Yuasa BMW +2.961
9 3ART - Moto Team 95 Yamaha +3.181
10 Moto Ain Yamaha +4.319
11 BMRT 3D MACCIO RACING Kawasaki +4.320
12 Wojcik Racing Team Yamaha +4.636
13 Webike Tati Team Trickstar Kawasaki +4.854
14 WEPOL Racing Yamaha +5.339
15 Exteria KSPCS Racing Team Suzuki +5.927
16 JMA Motos - Action Bike Suzuki +6.149
17 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki +7.078
18 Motobox Kremer Racing Yamaha +7.139
19 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki +7.257
20 Team LRP Poland BMW +7.477
Team Standings
Saturday, 11 May 2019
# Team Constructor Points
1 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 113
2 Team SRC Kawasaki France Kawasaki 103
3 WEPOL Racing Yamaha 99
4 YART Yamaha 87
5 F.C.C. TSR Honda Honda 79
6 Honda Endurance Racing Honda 75
7 Bolliger Team Switzerland #8 Kawasaki 70
8 GERT 56 HMT by re speedbikes BMW 37
9 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha 32
10 3ART - Moto Team 95 Yamaha 27