Honda Introduces 2015 FIM Endurance World Championship Racing Team
Honda’s 2015 motorsports activities aren’t just limited to its Formula One return this coming March. The Japanese company also competes in the FIM Endurance World Championship and in time for the start of that EWC season this coming April 18, 2015 at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Honda has reconfirmed its commitment and brought back its trio of riders, namely Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray, and Sebastian Gilbert.
The three riders will continue putting into action the new approach Honda took last year when it finished seventh overall in the 2014 Endurance World Championship. Last year’s finish was a significant improvement from its 2013 campaign when the Honda TT Legends finished a disappointing 18th overall.
But the TT Legends have been put to pasture in favor of the three endurance experts, which Honda expects will continue in their impressive showing last season. The three riders are expected to ride the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP race package as the team tries to improve on its 2014 showing. That’s a job far easier said than done given how strong the competition is. Vaulting from seventh all the way to a title finish isn’t unprecedented, but it’s also not a walk-in-the-park, either.
Honda thinks it now has the horses to get it done. Only time will tell if said horses have the gallop in them to prove their team right. The full calendar of the 2015 Endurance World Championship season has yet to be announced by the FIM. That said, we already know where and when the season’s going to begin so that’s something we can all look forward to.
Click past the jump to read more about the FIM Endurance World Championship.
FIM Enduro World Championship
The FIM Endurance World Championship is the premier endurance motorcycle racing championship in the world, consisting of a series of races held on permanent racing facilities all over the world. Like most racing championships, the FIM EWC combines the results of all the races in its calendar to determine two World Championships: a teams title and a manufacturers title.
The series was founded in 1980 when it still carried the name “FIM Endurance Cup’. As the series evolved, the Endurance World Championship now consists of four races, referred to as “classics” within FIM circles, takes place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Liège held at Spa-Francorchamps, the 8 Hours Of Suzuka, and the Bol d’Or, which was held at the Paul Ricard circuit until 1999 before moving to Magny-Cours.
Last year, the Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin team took home the title after impressive showings in all four races, finishing second at Bol d’Or, ninth at Suzuka, second at Oschersleben, and second at Le Mans. The consistent results proved to be enough to steer clear of the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, which finished the season as the runner-up in the series.
Team Bolliger Switzerland #8, National Motos, SRC Kawasaki, Monster Energy Yamaha - YART, Honda Racing, Team Motors Events April Moto, Team R2CL, and Flembbo Leader made up the top 10 finishers of the 2014 FIM Endurance World Championship season.