In an amazing performance, Honda privateer team RAC 41 Chromeburner took second place in the Superstock category and fourth overall on their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, having started the race from 15th on the grid during the 84th edition of the Bol d’Or at the Paul Ricard circuit.
After the first three hours, the Honda team of Chris Leesch, Grégory Fastré and Wayne Tessels was placed in second position of the Superstock category and took the lead at the 11th hour of the race.
However, at the halfway point of the race, Grégory Fastré had to enter the box to fix some issues that put the team back to fifth position costing them several laps. With very solid lap times and formidable effectiveness of the Fireblade #41, the team gained two positions at the last quarter of the race, entering into the podium positions.
Towards the end of the race, the team stepped into the second position again and with consistent laps, the Honda team crossed the finish line in a second position.
Last round winners, F.C.C. TSR Honda France showed a high level of teamwork and determination during the race, fighting in third position just before the middle of the race when the team was forced to retire after experiencing a mechanical issue in the 12th hour.
It was a positive start for Honda’s endurance specialists Josh Hook, Mike Di Meglio, and Yuki Takahashi who were placed in second position at the second hour of the race aboard the #5 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.
However, after two minor crashes from Yuki Takahashi, the team was forced to make prolonged pit stops and the Japanese team returned to the race in 21st position in the fourth hour. With consistent lap times aboard the #5 Fireblade and a ‘never give up’ attitude, the team moved into the sixth position at the eight-hour stage, collecting 5 championships points.
It was by the mid-point of the race, when the team was placed in third position after an outstanding comeback, an issue forced Josh Hook to return to the box but even with all the hard work of the crew, it was not possible to continue.
Despite the result, the Japanese team leave Bol d’Or with their heads high after showing a great teamwork throughout and sits third overall in the championship with 89 points.
Meanwhile, National Motos that started the race in 3rd place in the Superstock category, suffered two crashed at the first quarter of the race that brought their 24-hour race to a premature finish.
The FIM EWC finale will be held on 9 October at the 8 Hours of Most (Czech Republic).