F.C.C. TSR Honda France seeking 2nd title
F.C.C. TSR Honda France – the first-ever Japanese team to be crowned Endurance World Champions last year – are keen to once again triumph in front of a home crowd in Japan at the Suzuka 8 Hours.
The aim is within the team’s grasp, but F.C.C. TSR Honda France, who got to Suzuka with a 10-point lead over their rivals in 2018, are in a far less comfortable position this year.
Third in the provisional standings (23 points behind the leaders Team SRC Kawasaki France) ahead of the Suzuka 8 Hours grand finale, F.C.C. TSR Honda France will find themselves fighting on all fronts. The Japanese team have a few aces up their sleeve, including their familiarity with the track and backing from HRC. Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike Di Meglio will ride the latest version of the CBR 1000 RR in their bid to close the gap to the standings leader and win a second world title.
F.C.C. TSR Honda France are feeling confident, says team manager Masakazu Fujii. “Our aim is of course to claim the title once again and we will fight as usual here in Suzuka on our ground. We need to get some points from the qualification [points awarded for the first five grid positions] and our goal is to finish on the podium. We do have some advantages with Bridgestone tyres here in Suzuka against our title competitors but on the other hand, all the top Japanese factory teams are also using Bridgestone tyres, and in any case it will be a very difficult and competitive race again this year.”