Endurance

Honda Racing EWC Squad Set For Suzuka 8 Hour

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The Honda Racing endurance team resumes its 2014 Endurance World Championship campaign next week with arguably the toughest race of the season ‰ÛÒ the 37th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan.

Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Sebastien Gimbert will battle the incredibly hot and humid conditions at the Honda-owned circuit aboard the 2014 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in a highly competitive field of 70 teams ‰ÛÒ including their regular EWC rivals and a host of specialist Japanese outfits.

The Honda Racing crew and riders will of course be aiming for the podium, but with the wider objective to finish the race as the highest-placed EWC team, scoring as many all-important championship points as possible.

Da Costa and Gimbert have competed in the Suzuka 8 Hours three times apiece, with both placing fourth on their most successful outings in 2013 and 2011 respectively. Foray will be making his Suzuka debut this year, although he took part in a successful pre-race test with the Honda Racing crew last week.

The Suzuka 8-hour race will begin at 11.30am Japanese Standard Time (GMT+9) on Sunday 27 July.

"The whole team is highly motivated and really looking forward to Suzuka, particularly after our strong showing at the Bol d‰ÛªOr 24-hour." Team Manager Neil Tuxworth said. "Even though we didn‰Ûªt finish that race, we were leading by five laps when we were forced to retire so that shows the strength of the team.

"Our objective in Japan is to finish the race as the top European team and hopefully on the podium."

Top Image: Honda Racing EWC Squad Set For Suzuka 8 Hour

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