Honda Endurance Racing get fresh impetus
Honda Endurance Racing are kicking off 2019 on a new footing, with a new rider trio handpicked to lead the British team to victory. Randy de Puniet, Yonny Hernández and Sébastien Gimbert will ride the Honda #111 at the 24 Heures Motos.
Honda Endurance Racing are keen to hear the British anthem ring out at Le Mans this April. The UK-based team have revamped their rider line-up. Frenchman Sébastien Gimbert, who has ridden the Honda #111 since the team’s creation in 2014, will be joined by Randy de Puniet and Colombian rider Yonny Hernández.
A MotoGP rider for LCR Honda from 2008 to 2010, Frenchman Randy de Puniet has carved out a reputation in Endurance over the past few years. He has stood on the podium with Team SRC Kawasaki France (3rd place at the 2017 24 Heures Motos 2017 and 2nd at the 2016 Bol d’Or) as well as Japanese Honda team F.C.C. TSR Honda France, who finished 3rd at the 2017 Suzuka 8 Hours.
Yonny Hernández, a MotoGP, Moto2 and FIM Superbike World Championship rider, has made a previous foray into Endurance with Honda Endurance Racing. He was part of the line-up riding the Honda #111 to a 3rd-place finish at the 2017 Bol d’Or 2017 and 9th place at the Suzuka 8 Hours 2018.
Sébastien Gimbert has been a Honda Endurance Racing stalwart since 2014. The British Honda team finished third overall in last season’s FIM EWC.
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