The Honda Endurance Racing squad dug deep throughout today’s 8 Hours of Oschersleben, but the whole team’s resolve, grit and determination was really tested when, just 21 minutes from the chequered flag, Gregory Leblanc suffered a huge crash whilst pushing for fourth.
With just seconds separating the #111 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 from fourth position in the final half an hour, Gregory, who had already completed a mammoth 131 laps, was pushing hard. In the first two laps of his final stint he closed the gap by two seconds until his crash at the very fast Bauer right hander.
Emerging fortunately unhurt, he managed to limp the machine back to the pits and the team set to work at a furious pace. They changed the front end, tank, radiator, fairings and a whole lot more in just 12 minutes, enabling Erwan to retake control for the final nine minutes, ensuring Honda Endurance Racing succeeded in finishing this gruelling test of man and machine which indeed proved very testing.
Honda Endurance Racing will be back in action again at the final round of the FIM Endurance World Championship season in Suzuka, Japan, on 27-29 July.