Spectacular third place for the FCC TSR Honda…

After an excellent start on Saturday at 1 p.m., Australian Josh Hook completed his first lap in second position, starting from fourth place on the grid.

The #5 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade was in the top three for the first 10 hours of racing, with great performances from all three riders, perfect pit stops and consistent lap times.

The Honda team took advantage of a technical problem on the front bike to lead the race, but unfortunately a broken chain gave way after 15 hours of running, forcing Gino Rea to push the bike back into the pits. Therefore, the extended pit stop of nearly 15 minutes allowed the Honda to rejoin the race in 10th place.

Once again the endurance specialists Honda showed great determination and the team began an incredible comeback, placing the Honda Fireblade in fifth place going into the final quarter of the race.

On Sunday morning, the rain was quite heavy, causing several crashes in just a few minutes, including Mike Di Meglio, who crashed early but without serious consequences and was able to continue without stopping in the pits.

Having set the fastest lap times in the pouring rain, the Frenchman closed the gap with the leading group and placed the #5 Honda on the podium.

However, FCC TSR Honda France fell back to fourth place after the team’s pit stop and immediately afterwards the race was suspended due to a red flag to clean up a large amount of oil on the track. following a technical breakdown of the motorcycle.

The motorcycles were held in the closed park for almost 2 hours while waiting for the time to resume the race. In the end, it was decided to resume racing for 10 minutes under safety car conditions according to the classification during its suspension. It was Rea’s turn to fight for those final laps, and after an intense battle with Simeon, the British rider took third place in a stunning finale.

The privateer Honda RAC 41 Chromeburner team finished the race in ninth place in the Superstock class. The #41 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade managed to climb into fifth place after the first quarter of the race, but several issues with the exhaust forced the team into extended pit stops.

During this time, National Motos was fighting for a place on the podium with very consistent lap times but unfortunately, also entering the first quarter of the race, the #55 Fireblade was forced to retire because of a stone that damaged the radiator and overheated the engine.

With 42 points scored during the 24 Hours of SPA EWC Motos, added to the 49 points obtained during the 24 Hours Motorcycles of Le Mans, the FCC TSR Honda France team is now in 2nd place in the 2022 EWC Championship, 15 points behind the leader.

The next meeting will take place in Japan for the 8 Hours of Suzuka on August 7th.

Wiley C. Thompson