After a long wait, the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship, initially scheduled for mid-April, gets underway this weekend (12-13 June) with the opening round, the 24 Heures Motos at the legendary Bugatti, Le Mans.
Honda’s endurance specialists F.C.C. TSR Honda France with riders Josh Hook, Mike Di Meglio and new recruit Yuki Takahashi will be targeting the top step of the podium aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, where they claimed victory last year.
With two victories at the 24 Heures Motos for Di Meglio and Hook, the F.C.C. TSR Honda France squad are quietly confident of holding the trophy again at the prestigious 24-hour race.
Other Honda powered teams competing in the event are National Motos and RAC 41 Chromeburner, both in the Superstock category. National Motos have moved into the Superstock class this season, with their aim to win the FIM World Cup aboard the Fireblade SP with a new ride line-up of Guillaume Antiga and Kévin Trueb who join Frenchman Stéphane Egea, who has been with the team since 2017.
The other Honda private team, RAC 41 Chromeburner, will count on a renewed three-rider line up. The team will be formed by Wayne Tessel, Grégory Fastré and Chris Leesch.
All Honda's endurance teams completed a successful pre-Le Mans test at the 4.185km circuit at the end of March, where they were able to work through electronic settings and different tyre compounds. After evaluating and collecting essential data, the teams and riders are ready to tackle the first race of the 2021 season.
Despite the 24 Hours Motos being held behind closed doors due to the global pandemic situation, the 44th edition will see 50 teams battling on track.
The 24 Heures Motos officially gets underway on Thursday 10th June with free practice, qualifying and night practice. The final positions on the starting grid will be determined after the last qualifying sessions, which takes place on Friday 11th June.
The race will be flagged off at 12:00 (CEST) on Saturday 12th June and finished at 12:00 (CEST) on Sunday 13th June.