The Honda Endurance Racing team has arrived in Japan ready for the final round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship – the 42ndedition of the Suzuka 8 Hours. Honda’s endurance specialists Sébastien Gimbert, Randy de Puniet and Yonny Hernandez are aiming to finish the race on a high and are targeting the spot of the best European team, aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
The final race of the season is also considered as the hardest, even when compared to that of the two 24-hour races earlier in the season. The Suzuka 8 Hours offers gruelling conditions, where temperatures often rise to over 30 degrees, which combined with high humidity makes the race a challenge for both man and machine.
The Honda Endurance Racing team are currently sitting sixth in the overall championship standings and their targets for the race are clear; finish the race as the best European endurance team, finish within the top-six and also take over the fifth place ranking in the World Championship.
The team has a good Suzuka pedigree behind them – Honda has won the event 27 times – de Puniet has been on the Suzuka podium twice and Gimbert has been a Suzuka regular throughout his endurance career. The race in 2018 was a first for Hernandez, but he impressed during his debut appearance and helped the team finish within the top-10 in ninth place.
The 42ndEdition of the Suzuka 8 Hours gets underway at 11.30 local time (BST +8 hours) on Sunday 28 July. For all the latest news and updates on the team follow @HondaRacingCBR on Twitter.