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Honda means business with new EWC team

'I'm looking forward to getting to know the team and I'm ready to work hard to fight for the title' - Julien Da Costa
Honda will return to the Endurance World Championship next season with a formidable new line-up including Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Sebastien Gimbert.

The announcement comes after Honda confirmed the end of its TT Legends project, which combined the international road racing events with the EWC series in a team spearheaded by 20-time TT winner John McGuinness.

Roads specialist McGuinness and Manx rider Conor Cummins will concentrate solely on the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT for Honda's official roads team in 2014 as the manufacturer launches a new effort to secure the EWC title next year with a dedicated endurance racing squad.

French rider Da Costa, Foray and Gimbert have an impressive collective track record in EWC with no fewer than seven championship titles between them.

Da Costa is a three-time EWC champion – most recently lifting the crown this year – and has finished first at the Le Mans 24-hour three times and the Bol d'Or 24-hour twice. The 32-year-old was also French Superbike Champion in 2012.

Foray (29) meanwhile secured back-to-back Endurance World Championships in 2010 and 2011 while Gimbert raced for official Honda teams from 1995-2001 and started his endurance career with the manufacturer in 1999.

The 36-year-old secured the EWC title in 2004 and has placed second overall in the championship in the last two years. He is also a double French Superbike Champion.

Da Costa said: “I am very excited to be with Honda for 2014. It's a new machine and a new team for me and I'm motivated like never before.

“I have never worked with Honda as a professional rider before, but I know we are aiming to win the world championship and I believe 100% that we can make that happen.

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December 03, 2013 2:21 PM

After all the hard work the team has put in to develop the bike over the last few years,it's time to put riders on it that can win the championship.No disrespect to McG and Co, the team needs EWC specialist riders. They've got the best riders for the roads, why not for EWC!


December 03, 2013 11:23 PM

lol at honda hater PatrickD as fatbloke describes above, Honda need actual riders that can vie for the win in order to win the championship. Unfortunately mcd, rutter, andrews just did not cut it at this level. They clearly werent fast at the EWC level. I welcome this move as they finally can challenge the top teams in EWC good luck!

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