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Honda HRC unveils Suzuka machine

Honda HRC unveils Suzuka machine

12/03/2018 06:00

Suzuka 8 Hours returnee Team HRC Honda has unveiled the CBR 1000 RRW with which it will be targeting the win. Team HRC is officially back in the running after a 10-year absence, with Tohru Ukawa, a five-time winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours, as team manager.

Honda is officially returning to the Suzuka 8 Hours, firmly determined to take back control of the race after three back-to-back wins by Yamaha Factory. This past weekend in Suzuka, Team HRC unveiled the Honda CBR 1000 RRW we will see on the starting grid of the 2018 race. Takumi Takahashi, the 2017 JSB 1000 champion, is riding the same bike in this year’s Japanese Superbike championship.

Takumi Takahashi, a three-time winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours with the Musashi RT Harc-Pro Honda team, is also slated to be one of the three Team HRC riders targeting the win at Suzuka this coming 29 July. Together with Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark, he was the last to have taken a Honda to the win at the Suzuka 8 Hours, back in 2014.

Tohru Ukawa has been appointed team manager of the factory Honda team setting out to win back the Suzuka title. A former MotoGP rider, Ukawa also holds the record for the most wins at the Suzuka 8 Hours. He has won Suzuka no fewer than five times, riding a Honda each time: in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2005.

We’re aiming for the win, obviously’, says Tohru Ukawa, ‘but the key thing is to recreate an official HRC team to give young Honda riders a renewed dream, fresh ambition and a new future.’

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

Tension is running high as the final 10-day countdown to the 24 Heures Motos begins. 60 teams will be in Le Mans for the second round of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC. The stakes are high, as the first team past the finish line on Sunday 22 April stands to collect up to 60 points.

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YART Yamaha wound up the 24 Heures Motos tests on a very encouraging note. The factory-backed Austrian team was the only one to complete a lap of the Bugatti circuit in under 1’37.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France dominated the first day of pre-testing for the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans. Despite the rain, 50 of the 60 teams entered for the second round of the FIM EWC were on the Bugatti circuit.

With five constructors and three tyre manufacturers running neck and neck, the outcome of the 24 Heures Motos is anyone’s guess. A look at the favourites to win the 41st edition at Le Mans on 21 and 22 April.

With four months to go for the Suzuka 8 Hours, the Japanese factory teams are already gearing up for the action. Following Honda’s announcement that official team HRC is returning to Suzuka, Kawasaki has revealed that Jonathan Rea will be back with Team Green.