The Honda TT Legends team is celebrating after sealing its first-ever Endurance World Championship podium finish at the Doha 8 Hours with the help of stand-in riders Ryuichi Kiyonari, Michael Laverty and Jason O'Halloran.
The trio were making their debut in the team this weekend in place of John McGuinness, Cameron Donald and Simon Andrews, all of whom have been competing at the Isle of Man TT this week.
Having qualified in eighth position, former BSB champion Kiyonari – whose wife gave birth to a baby girl on the Friday –, together with BSB Samsung Honda riders Laverty and O'Halloran maintained a consistent pace to steadily rise to order. Getting as high as second position, the team would eventually settle for third, which remains its best-ever finish since debuting in 2011.
Combined with the team's success on the TT, team manager Russell Benney was delighted to secure some long-awaited EWC silverware.
“For me this result is a culmination of all our hard work over the past season and the start of this season. The team has progressed so far in such a short space of time and this result is a reward for all the hours we have put in.
“Our stand-in riders did a fantastic job and combined with the success that our regular riders have had over at the Isle of Man TT, this week has been such a great one for Honda and the Honda TT Legends.”
The race was won by the BMW Motorrad France team of Sebastien Gimbert, Erwan Nigon and Damian Cudlin, while Noriyuki Haga's Yamaha Austria Racing Team failed to finish.