F.C.C. TSR Honda France have wrapped up the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship in third place after the grand finale took place at Estoril yesterday (Saturday 26 September), where Freddy Foray, Mike Di Meglio and Josh Hook finished second aboard the all-new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Coming into the final round F.C.C. TSR Honda France were sitting second in the overall standings after their win last time out at Le Mans moved them 40 points behind series leaders SERT, but it was also mathematically possible for eight other teams to be in contention of the 2019/2020 EWC title.

The 12 Hours of Estoril was a new challenge for all endurance teams, historically the Suzuka 8 Hours hosts the season finale in July, but due to COVID-19 the season was reshuffled after some event cancellations, which saw the 24 Heures Motos (Le Mans) much later in the year and Estoril as the final race. Even at a new circuit F.C.C. TSR Honda France were looking strong from the first practices and hungry for the title fight.

Di Meglio started the 12-hour race for the team in second place after a strong qualifying session and once the flag had dropped the opening laps at the 4,182km circuit were frantic, with positions changing as the tyres warmed up to the cool morning temperature. At the first pit stop, Hook took over from Di Meglio and F.C.C. TSR Honda France were sixth.

At the end of the eight-hour mark all eyes were on the championship as SERT were down in fourth and they needed to stay in the top-ten to still be in with a chance of taking the title. Meanwhile, Honda’s endurance specialists were putting pressure on race leaders YART, maintaining second place and often taking back the lead thanks to Honda’s pit stops strategy. As a result of their good performance F.C.C. TSR Honda France took nine bonus points at the end of the eighth hour, boosting their championship ranking.

Around 11 hours and 20 minutes in to the race, F.C.C. TSR Honda France made their final pit stop, where they were sitting second and roughly one-minute and 10s behind YART, who needed to have a final ‘splash and dash’ stop. Coming down to the final minutes YART made their stop and managed to stay seconds ahead of the chasing Fireblade, where Di Meglio brought the team home in second place, 24 seconds from the win, having completed 421 laps.

Finishing the 2019/2020 FIM Endurance World Championship season in third place (24 points behind winners SERT), F.C.C. TSR Honda France made a stunning comeback from the 8 Hours of Sepang last December where they were 12th in the overall standings. Dominating the 24 Heures Motos they led from start to finish and were promoted in the standings to second place as they arrived at Estoril.

Dates for next year’s FIM Endurance World Championship are yet to be announced but F.C.C. TSR Honda France will be looking to start where they finished after showing the potential of the all-new 2020 Fireblade, where in its debut EWC race it took the win at Le Mans and finished this weekend’s 12-hour on the podium in second place.

Freddy  Foray

Freddy Foray 5

Finishing second isn't that bad, I would like to thank my teammates who finished the race and who did an extraordinary job on such a physical circuit like Estoril. I have some shoulder issues that are depriving me of strength in my arms, which caused me some trouble in Le Mans and even more in Estoril where we needed to have a strong pace. I will make the most of the inter-season to resolve this problem and I hope that I’ll soon be able to fully enjoy riding this fantastic bike.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France
Mike Di Meglio

Mike Di Meglio 5

The race was intense, we started with a tyre choice that wasn't ideal for us. Then we managed to get a good race pace, and I think we could have fought for the victory towards the end, so the pleasure would have been even better. But I think that we have to accept this second place, it is a great result anyway. Everybody did a great job and it was only the second race on this new bike, so all in all it’s only positive experience for next year.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France
Josh Hook

Josh Hook 5

We had a good bike throughout the race and we had the pace to win the race. It was definitely hard during the back-to-back stints towards the end. There are definitely some things we have to improve on in the pit lane, because I think this cost us a good chance of winning this race. But we have to be happy with the result, we finished second, our lap times were good and even if it’s not a win it’s a good result. When your bike is amazing, it doesn’t matter where you are. The team has made an amazing job in here and I want to say a big thank you to the team and everybody who was involved. I am already looking forward to next year.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France
12 Hours of Estoril

Circuito do Estoril, Portugal

FIM EWC 2019-2020, Round 4

Saturday 26 Sep 2020, 19:04 UTC
# Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 YART - YAMAHA Yamaha
2 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 24.524
3 Wojcik Racing Team Yamaha 3 Laps
4 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 5 Laps
5 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha 6 Laps
6 Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar Kawasaki 7 Laps
7 BMW World Endurance Team BMW 9 Laps
8 Moto Ain Yamaha 10 Laps
9 Team LRP Poland BMW 14 Laps
10 3ART Best of Bike Yamaha 14 Laps
11 Team Aviobike Yamaha 15 Laps
12 Wojcik Racing Team 2 Yamaha 17 Laps
13 JMA Motos Action Bike Suzuki 20 Laps
14 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki 23 Laps
15 ARTEC Kawasaki 36 Laps
16 Maco Racing Yamaha 39 Laps
17 LCR Endurance Yamaha 45 Laps
18 British Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 67 Laps
19 Motobox Kremer Racing Yamaha 92 Laps
20 National Motos Honda 210 Laps
21 Team Bolliger Switzerland Kawasaki 323 Laps
22 Pitlane Endurance Yamaha 406 Laps
23 ERC-BMW Motorrad Endurance BMW 416 Laps
Team Standings
Saturday, 26 Sep 2020
# Team Constructor Points
1 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki 167.5
2 YART - YAMAHA Yamaha 149.5
3 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda 143.5
4 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha 114.5
5 Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar Kawasaki 112
6 BMW World Endurance Team BMW 109
7 VRD Igol Pierret Experiences Yamaha 94
8 3ART Best of Bike Yamaha 82
9 Maco Racing Yamaha 63.5
10 Team LRP Poland BMW 50.5