Endurance

Honda TT Legends place seventh in Endurance World Championship

Posted:

The Honda TT Legends' inaugural Endurance World Championship came to a triumphant close today with a fifth place finish in the 8 Hours of Doha at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Heading into the sunset
The resulting points take the team to seventh place in the overall standings ‰ÛÒ an achievement to be proud of in its development year.

Stand-in rider Glen Richards started the race and put in a blistering first stint, going from ninth to second on the timesheets after the two leading teams collided and were forced to pit. '

A determined John McGuinness followed this up and ended his stint in third, before Keith Amor headed out for his first session on the Fireblade.

Over the next couple of hours, the team switched places within the top six before settling into fifth as darkness fell. They then held this position until the end of the race with John McGuinness crossing the line to finish the eight-hour battle for the Honda TT Legends. This is the team's third fifth-place finish of the year ‰ÛÒ it completed both the Bol d'Or and the Le Mans 24-hour in the same position to secure seventh in its first ever EWC season.

"Our aim for this year was to finish sixth in the championship, but to be honest we are more than happy with seventh," Team Mnagaer Neil Tuxworth said, "It's a great achievement in our development year and I think the whole team can be proud of what we have achieved. We have learned an incredible amount over the season and we will take all that into 2012 with the aim of becoming competitive enough to fight for the podium.

John McGuinness, added, "We've finished three races this year with three fifths and I think that's a fantastic achievement. Looking at the race results, you've got teams with massive experience and world championship titles above us so we're the best of the rest if you like! We strung eight hours together no problem and as a team we bought the bike home. It was quite a experience to finish the race here and the 8 Hours of Qatar is another thing to tick off my list of things to do. I have to mention all the boys in the team ‰ÛÒ they've worked mega hard and there has been a lot going on behind the scenes with the ABS project amongst other things, so thank you to them.

Keith Amor found it hard to learn the new track but was happy with the way he and the team performed in the end.

"It was quite an eventful end to the championship in the end," Amor said. "I'm really happy that the team has been able to move up to the seventh in the championship as we've had a few unlucky breaks this year. Glen and John did really, really well. It's was tough to learn this track but overall it's been a good year. I feel privileged to be part of the official Honda outfit.
Aussie Glen Richards heads into the night
Australian fill-in Glen Richards concluded by saying, "I am really happy that I've been able to do a half decent job. It's always the fear of the unknown when you haven't ridden the bike before but it's all worked very well. The team has been fantastic and the bike was really good. We managed to get fifth in the race and move up in the championship, which the team are very happy about so I'm happy."

Main Photo: John McGuinness leaves the pits

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print
Action Sports Decals

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Motocross

Factory Honda In Winning Early Season Form At Sunshine State Championships

Dirt Track

2024 NSW Dirt Track Season Lifts Off At Somersby Super TT Meeting

Supercross

World Champion Max Anstie Secures 2024 East Coast Supercross Championship Red Plate

Motocross

Jed Beaton Tops The Podium At 2024 New Zealand Motocross Championships Round Two

Supercross

Cooper Webb And Haiden Deegan Win Drama-Filled Arlington Supercross

EnduroCross

Billy Bolt's FIM SuperEnduro Win Streak Continues In Bulgaria

Supercross

Shoulder Injury Rules Evan Ferry Out Of Arlington Supercross

Supercross

Christian Craig To Sit Out Arlington Supercross

MXGP

Mattia Guadagnini Joins The Early Season Injury List

Motocross

Jake Cannon Signs With Factory Honda

MXGP

Liam Everts To Miss MXGP Season Opener

Motocross

Tim Gajser – Motivated for 2024

What's On This Week

AMA GNCC - R2
Wild Boar, Palatka, FL
Monday, March 4th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 8
Daytona International Speedway -Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R7
GP UK, Newcastle
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024

Featured:

First Look At The All New 2024 Beta 450RX

2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Enhance Your Bike’s Protection With Force Accessories Custom Clutch Cover

2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory Ride Review

Michelin StarCross 6 – Inspected

Drink Wirelessly with SoleStream

What's On This Week

AMA GNCC - R2
Wild Boar, Palatka, FL
Monday, March 4th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 8
Daytona International Speedway -Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R7
GP UK, Newcastle
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024