CONNECT WITH US:
Aug 08, 2022 11:18 JST
Honda Motor Co, Ltd
Team HRC Wins 43rd Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race
TOKYO, Aug 08, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - Team HRC (Tetsuta Nagashima / Takumi Takahashi / Iker Lecuona) won the 2022 FIM(1) Endurance World Championship 43rd "Coca Cola" Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race (Suzuka 8 Hours) held at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie, on Sunday, August 7. Team HRC's win marks Honda's 28th Suzuka 8 Hours victory, the first since 2014.
Team HRC returned to the Suzuka 8 Hours as Honda's factory team(2) in 2018 after a decade-long absence. The team was second in 2018, and third in 2019.
Team HRC set the fastest lap time in Friday's timed qualifying sessions, proceeding easily into Saturday's Top 10 Trial, which was changed to a conventional Top 10 qualifying session at the last minute. Tetsuta Nagashima set the fastest lap time of 2 min 4.934 s to secure pole position for the team.
Takumi Takahashi was Team HRC's starting rider, and despite losing the lead at the start, regained the top spot on Lap 10. From that point onwards, Tetsuta Nagashima and Iker Lecuona rode solid stints to maintain a comfortable gap with the closest competitor. At 7:32pm, after 214 laps, Team HRC crossed the finish line to win from pole position.
This win marks Takumi Takahashi's fourth Suzuka 8 Hours win, and a first for Tetsuta Nagashima and Iker Lecuona.
Tetsuta Nagashima - Team HRC
"I'm simply happy! I'm glad to have had the opportunity to be involved in developing the CBR1000RR-R SP in 2021 and 2022, realize its potential, and show the world. Honda's engineers have tested the bike over and over, and were rewarded by our Suzuka 8 Hours victory. I am grateful to be a part of the development, and grew with each test we did. I believe we demonstrated a strong Honda at the first Suzuka 8 Hours in three years."
Takumi Takahashi - Team HRC
"I've always been unhappy with the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours, so I'm glad we won today. I'm relieved that I managed to play my part, as Nagashima developed the bike, and I had to become accustomed to it and bring out its potential, otherwise I would hold him back. This was the first Suzuka 8 Hours for Iker [Lecuona], and he did a great job. The HRC team gave us solid support including pit work. I am grateful to everyone involved. This is my fourth Suzuka 8 Hours victory, and if I get another chance, I will aim for the record of five victories held by Toru Ukawa."
Iker Lecuona - Team HRC
"I am really, really, really happy to win my first Suzuka 8 Hours. It felt amazing when Nagashima was met by the checkered flag. Everything has gone well since the Suzuka tests, the bike developed by Honda and Nagashima was superb, and I think I managed to bring out the performance of the bike. I was worried when the safety car entered the track that I would lose the gap our other two riders had built up, but we got through fine. I am grateful to the best team and my teammates. If I have the opportunity next year, I'd like to be back at Suzuka."
Koji Watanabe, Head of Corporate Communications Supervisory Unit, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and President of Honda Racing Corporation
"I am very pleased we won the Suzuka 8 Hours on HRC's 40th anniversary. Team HRC riders who put on an amazing performance, team staff and everyone involved, thank you. I hope everyone will continue to support HRC, as we will continue to challenge the pinnacle of motorsports for all motorsports fans and our Honda fans.
I sincerely hope F.C.C. TSR Honda France's Gino Rea, who is now hospitalized, recovers quickly from his injuries sustained in a crash during yesterday's practice session."
(1) FIM: Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme
(2) Factory team: Racing team operated by manufacturer
Source: Honda Motor Co, Ltd
Copyright ©2023 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. A division of Japan Corporate News Network.
Related Press Release
New CB1000 Hornet, return of the CBR600RR and innovative Honda E-Clutch headline Honda's full 24YM European line-up reveal at EICMA
November 08 2023 14:30 JST
Honda Develops World's First Honda E-Clutch for Motorcycles
November 08 2023 13:36 JST
Honda to Expand Eligibility for Participation in IGNITION, Honda's New Business Creation Program, Starting November 2023
October 23 2023 18:41 JST
Honda, GM and Cruise Plan to Begin Driverless Ridehail Service in early 2026
October 19 2023 15:57 JST
Participating in Dakar 2024 to Develop Small Hydrogen Engines Accelerating Development of Core Technologies and Building Global Alliances Toward Early Adoption of Hydrogen Small Mobility Engines
October 18 2023 16:54 JST
Isuzu and Honda to Hold First Public Exhibit of Fuel Cell-Powered Heavy-duty Truck at JAPAN MOBILITY SHOW 2023
October 17 2023 17:00 JST
Honda and MC Sign MoU to Explore New Businesses in EV Age
October 12 2023 14:02 JST
Honda Previews Details of World's First Honda E-Clutch for Motorcycles on Website
October 10 2023 16:37 JST
Oracle Red Bull Racing Driver Max Verstappen Wins Third Consecutive F1 Drivers' World Championship
October 09 2023 14:31 JST
Honda to Begin Sales of All-new N-BOX in Japan
October 05 2023 13:32 JST
More Press release >>
Latest Press Release
Fujitsu Finland to provide comprehensive IT services to Kempower, provider of electric vehicle fast charging solutions
Dec 05, 2023 10:52 JST
DENSO Announces Organizational and Executive Changes
Dec 04, 2023 18:12 JST
All-New Triton Earns Top Rating in 2023 ASEAN NCAP
Dec 04, 2023 17:07 JST
Fujitsu and KDDI Research successfully implement large-capacity multiband wavelength multiplexing transmission with installed optical fiber
Dec 04, 2023 10:34 JST
GC Collaborates with MHI to explore the utilization of hydrogen, ammonia and CCS technology to develop a large-scale petrochemical plant to achieve Net Zero
Dec 01, 2023 17:22 JST
NEC named among IAM's 2023 Asia IP Elite
Dec 01, 2023 14:50 JST
Eisai's Sales Subsidiary Collaborates with Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Thailand
Nov 30, 2023 16:25 JST
Boosting Growth Investment to Power Mobility Company Transformation Toyota-DENSO Capital Ties Revised
Nov 30, 2023 16:17 JST
Olympus's Net-Zero Targets Approved by SBTi
Nov 30, 2023 11:00 JST
Fujitsu and Macquarie University establish new research lab to accelerate development of human sensing and generative AI technologies
Nov 30, 2023 09:34 JST
NEC X and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) Forge Strategic Partnership to Advance East Coast-based Startups
Nov 29, 2023 18:37 JST
MHI Selected as Core Company for New Research Reactor for JAEA
Nov 29, 2023 18:22 JST
Toyota: Sales, Production, and Export Results for October 2023
Nov 29, 2023 16:17 JST
Toyota Re-introduces the Land Cruiser "70" in Japan
Nov 29, 2023 13:30 JST
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Holds Christening and Handover Ceremony in Shimonoseki for Demonstration Test Ship for Liquefied CO2 Transport
Nov 28, 2023 17:47 JST
Hitachi awarded Sustainable Markets Initiative 2023 Terra Carta Seal
Nov 28, 2023 17:43 JST
MHI Succeeded Combustion Test of Ammonia Single-Fuel Burners
Nov 28, 2023 16:40 JST
JCB partners with FrenchSys to boost card acceptance across France
Nov 28, 2023 12:00 JST
Toyota Launches IMV 0 in Thailand Providing Mobility to Make People's Lives Better through Customizability
Nov 27, 2023 17:30 JST
MHI and Orica Announce Collaboration to Explore Emissions Reduction Opportunities
Nov 27, 2023 15:29 JST
More Latest Release >>