The Honda Endurance Racing team has had its best Qualifying in years at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben for the fourth round of the 2018/2019 FIM Endurance World Championship. Randy de Puniet, Sébastien Gimbert and Yonny Hernandez just missed out on pole position by 0.064 seconds, and will start tomorrow’s 8 Hours of Oschersleben in second place aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Most of the teams opted for a new set of tyres for this morning’s qualifying session and so did the Honda crew. Working on optimising the set-up of the Fireblade, the team made some big changes for de Puniet’s first session, but with the changes not affective the team reverted back to the original set-up.
Proving to be the right decision, Hernandez topped the times in his session in P1 with a best time of 1:26.180, making him the fastest rider of the day and second quickest in both sessions. Unfortunately no new tyre was left for Gimbert, who was still quick giving the team confidence for tomorrow’s eight-hour race.
The race is scheduled to start tomorrow (9 June), at 13:00 Local Time (BST +1) with the chequered flag to be waved at 21:00 after eight hours on-track.
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