Honda unveil new team for 2014 EWC

Honda has unveiled their team and plans for the 2014 Endurance World Championship. The TT legends team that has contested the championship for the last three years has been dropped, in favour of a French riding team. Freddy Foray, Sebastien Gimbert and Julian Da Costa will ride from the team, which will continue to operate out of the UK.

Between them, the riders have accumulated seven championship titles between them, most importantly, Da Costa’s 2013 win in the EWC means there is relevant experience of running at race winning level in the five round series.

The new riders and the upgraded for 2014 Honda Fireblade will surely give Honda the best chance possible of winning the title. The strategy has changed slightly from that of the TT Legends team and the clear intention is to win the series.

Robert Watherston – Head of Motorsport, Honda Motor Europe

We’re very pleased to reveal Honda’s 2014 plans for the Endurance World Championship and announce the new team with Julien, Freddy and Sebastien on board. Over the last three years we have developed a solid foundation and secured consistent results – it’s now time to up our game and sharpen our attack on the 2014 title. The level of competition in EWC is incredibly high and the new direction for the team ensures that we have all the right elements in place to increase our chances of success in the championship. With three proven endurance specialists in the line-up I’m confident that Honda can once again see its name on the Endurance World Championship trophy. 

All French line up for 2014 signals Honda's intent in EWC.

All French line up for 2014 signals Honda’s intent in EWC.

 

Between them, the riders have accumulated seven championship titles between them, most importantly, Da Costa’s 2013 win in the EWC means there is relevant experience of running at race winning level in the five round series.

 

The new riders and the upgraded for 2014 Honda Fireblade will surely give Honda the best chance possible of winning the title. The strategy has changed slightly from that of the TT Legends team and the clear intention is to win the series.

 

Robert Watherston – Head of Motorsport, Honda Motor Europe

 

We’re very pleased to reveal Honda’s 2014 plans for the Endurance World Championship and announce the new team with Julien, Freddy and Sebastien on board. Over the last three years we have developed a solid foundation and secured consistent results – it’s now time to up our game and sharpen our attack on the 2014 title. The level of competition in EWC is incredibly high and the new direction for the team ensures that we have all the right elements in place to increase our chances of success in the championship. With three proven endurance specialists in the line-up I’m confident that Honda can once again see its name on the Endurance World Championship trophy. 

 

It’s a real shame that Honda have decided not to continue with the UK road race focus that the TT legends team had. We followed John McGuinness and the rest of the team out to Qatar for the eight-hour in 2011. Slick, professional, dedicated and fast, the Legends team always drew a crowd. Endurance racing has always felt to us like a French race series, so it makes sense to put the fastest Frenchies on the bikes and see what happens.

John McGuinness. He’s so fast, he’d beat you with his eyes closed.

 

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