Endurance

Honda TT Legends aim for a positive season finale

Glen Richards to fill in for Cameron Donald

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The Honda TT Legends' inaugural Endurance World Championship season will come to a close this week with the final battle of the year ‰ÛÒ the 8 hours of Doha ‰ÛÒ taking place on Saturday 12 November at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

The novice Honda TT Legends team has been on a steep learning curve during its development year in EWC but has come away with some impressive results ‰ÛÒ not least placing in the top five in both the Bol d'Or and Le Mans 24-hour races.

Now with the final showdown in sight, the team is determined to end the season on a high. John McGuinness, Keith Amor and Australian Glen Richards, who will fill in for compatriot Cameron Donald, are all new to the Losail track, will compete in the 8 hours of Doha for the Honda TT Legends.

Team Manager, Neil Tuxworth, said, "This is the final race of what has been a very enjoyable season. We have learned an incredible amount as a team and I would hope that in Qatar all the work we have done over the season can be put in to practice.

"There are a lot of factors to take into account but if everything goes in our favour I think we are capable of getting on the podium. It would be nice to move up in the championship a little bit. The highest we can finish is sixth and that would be a great achievement for our first year in EWC. There are a few things going against us ‰ÛÒ none of the riders have ridden here before and we have no data from this circuit ‰ÛÒ but we have a test day before qualifying so I'm feeling confident that we can end of the year with a really good result.

John McGuinness added, "It's been a real year of firsts for the team and Qatar is no exception. None of us have ridden there before but Losail looks like a great track and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do. We came into the championship with very little experience in endurance racing and I think we can be proud of what we've achieved. There have been some highs and lows, but it's been enjoyable. Hopefully we can do well at Qatar and finish on a high."

Keith Amor is also looking foward to a new track. "I am really looking forward to riding at Losail ‰ÛÒ it's another new track for me and it's somewhere I have always wanted to ride," Amor said. "It looks like a really fun circuit. I've been doing lots of laps on my games console and it's brilliant on that so hopefully it will be as good in real life! Now that we're coming to the end of our first season, it feels like it's gone really quickly, but it's certainly been a good one. We have learned so much and will continue to learn in Qatar."

Honda TT Legends rider Cameron Donald will be replaced by fellow Australian and former Honda BSB contender Glen Richards for the final round. Donald suffered a wrist injury after falling down a flight of stairs just prior to departure from his hometown of Melbourne, Australia and is unable to compete.

"We are obviously very disappointed that Cameron will not be racing in Qatar this weekend," Neil Tuxworth said, "The good news is that Glen has been able to step in at short notice and is on his way from Australia now. Looking on the positive side, Glen has ridden at the Losail Circuit before, finishing second here in an endurance race, and he has good experience on the Honda Fireblade having won the 2011 BSB Evo Championship on the bike, so he should be a strong addition to the rider line-up.

The 8 Hours of Doha will run from 1pm Arabia Standard Time (10am GMT, 11am CET) on Saturday 12 November.

Main Photo: Keith Amor leaves the pits

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