FIFTH PLACE START FOR HONDA TT LEGENDS AT OSCHERSLEBEN

 

Following the second qualifying session at round four of the Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben in Germany, the Honda TT Legends will begin tomorrow’s eight-hour race from fifth on the grid. 

John McGuinness, Cameron Donald and Jason O’Halloran once again took to the 3.7km circuit for one 30-minute stint each. While yesterday it was McGuinness who stole the show, today it was O’Halloran’s turn. The young Australian posted an impressive lap of 1:27.568 – fourth quickest in his group, while a determined Donald also managed to improve his time.

The new combined average of each rider’s best lap from both qualifying sessions (1:28.053) leaves the Honda TT Legends fifth on the grid. SERT will start the race from pole ahead of BMW Motorrad France, YART and Yamaha GMT 94.

Russell Benney – race manager

We’re fifth again but the very good news is that it was a far sharper performance. We’re much closer to GMT in front of us and we’re pulling away from Bolliger behind us, which was our intention. Through this week we’ve worked very hard to just sharpen up to give us that outcome and to that extent it has been a success. Jason and Cam both did a good job today to improve their times and we’re now looking forward to the race tomorrow. 

John McGuinness 

I seemed to get caught in a lot of traffic today and it didn’t go as well as yesterday, but with Jason and Cam’s improved times and mine from yesterday we’ve upped our average and closed the gap a bit on our rivals so that’s good. Now we’re just looking ahead to the race. We’ve got a good set up, we’ve done some good work with Dunlop on tyres and we’ve had no issues with the bike at all so we’re all ready to go. As we always say, anything can happen in eight hours so we’ve just got our sights set on the finish. 

Cameron Donald 

I went a bit quicker today, which I’m pleased about and as a team we’re in a good position. We’re gaining on the top four all the time and we’re definitely inching closer to where we want to be. When it comes to the race, it’s about good, steady consistent laps and we know we can do that so there’s no reason why we can’t get a good result. 

Jason O’Halloran

The session was really good today. The biggest thing for me was the improvement I made on the race tyre, which puts us in a good place for tomorrow. I didn’t get to use the best of the soft tyre because I just didn’t get a good run again, but having said that I did do a good lap, just not a perfect lap. I tried hard at the end there and got a clear lap but the best of the tyre was finished. I think we’re in the best position we’ve been in all season and we’re not far off the front runner’s pace on race tyres, so as long as we all out our best forward I think we’ll have a good day. 

The Oschersleben 8-hour race is part of the 15th German Speedweek – a week-long motorcycling festival at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The race will begin at 14.00 (CET) on Saturday 11 August. For live timing visit www.fim-live.com

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