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16-17 April 2011 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 24 HOURS BOL D'OR FRANCE  Magny-Cours 
21-May-11 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 8 HOURS OF ALBACETE SPAIN/ESPAGNE  Albacete 
31-Jul-11 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - SUZUKA EIGHT HOURS JAPAN/JAPON  Suzuka 
21-Aug-11 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 8 HOURS OF DONINGTON GREAT BRITAIN/GRANDE-BRETAGNE  Donington Park 
24-25 Sept 2011 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 24 H. DU MANS FRANCE  Le Mans 
05-Nov-11 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 6 HOURS OF BAHRAIN (TBC) BAHRAIN/BAHREIN TBC  Bahrain International Circuit 
12-Nov-11 QTEL FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 8 HOURS OF DOHA QATAR TBC  Doha/Losail

2011 OPENING ROUND - THE BOL d'OR

Honda Launches TT Legends World Endurance Team


STEVE PLATER, JOHN McGUINNESS and NEIL TUXWORTH with KEITH AMOR seated

Honda Motor Europe has launched an all-new motorcycle racing team for an assault on FIM Endurance World Championship and to contest selected road-race meetings, bridging the gap between the two disciplines. The Honda TT Legends team will compete on the legendary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade machinery in the 2011 FIM Endurance World Championship, together with world famous road-race meetings such as the Northwest 200 and the Isle of Man TT. Honda TT Legends encompasses the greatest endurance races in the world, on road and on track and represents a new challenge for 3 already very accomplished and extremely popular riders.

The team will comprise TT legend, John McGuinness Ė winner of no fewer than 15 races around the demanding Isle of Man TT course, and second only to former Honda hero, the late, great Joey Dunlop. The Morcambe-based McGuinness, 38, is a former British 250cc champion and also has experience with Honda in the World Supersport championship. But it is for his remarkable exploits and consistency at the Isle of Man TT Ė including the first 130mph lap of the 37.73-mile (60.37km) Mountain Circuit Ė that he is most renowned. McGuinness will be joined in the new Honda team by Steve Plater, who was British Supersport champion with Honda in 2009, to contest the full 2011 FIM Endurance World championship. Plater also has a great deal of experience in Endurance World championship racing, including victory in the Albacete 6 Hour. The 40-year-old Englishman has also scored podium finishes at Le Mans, the Bol díOr and competed at the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hour race in Japan. The English duo will be joined by Scotsman Keith Amor for 24hr endurance races at Le Mans and the Bol díOr. The 30-year-old Scot, who is a roads specialist, has two TT podiums, and a Northwest 200 victory to his name. Alongside McGuinness, he will also contest selected road races, under the banner of Honda TT Legends. However, Plater will concentrate solely on the FIM Endurance World Championship series.

The Honda TT Legends team will be run from Louth in Lincolnshire Ė the same UK base that operates Honda (UK)ís British Superbike championship team and managed by the experienced former TT and endurance racer, Neil Tuxworth.

John McGuinness
I did the Le Mans 24 hr race about seven years ago, when we finished eighth. It was exciting at the end but pretty hard work in the middle! But Iím really looking forward to a full season. I was a little surprised when we first started talking about it but when Honda explained the thinking behind it, it floated my boat straight away. Iíve raced in a lot of classes over the years, and of course Iíll continue with the Northwest and the TT, but to be in a team capable of winning a world championship canít be bad! I still get the buzz of anticipation and nerves jangling on the roads, and I certainly want to win more TTs before I finish. And Iím really excited about the idea of a British round of the Endurance World championship at Donington Ė we really want the British fans to get behind us and to give endurance racing more kudos in the UK. If everything goes to plan, weíll be there or thereabouts Ė there is no reason why we canít do the business!

Steve Plater
Iíve been riding in the World Endurance championship for something like 12 years and finished runner-up twice so itíll be good to go back there and win it with a good team! I wonít be doing any road racing next year Ė thatíll just be John and Keith Ė but Iíll still be involved with the team and helping wherever I can. I wanted to concentrate on the endurance side of things for 2011 and itís great that Honda Motor Europe has come in to explore and this side of racing too.

Keith Amor
Itís certainly going to be a challenge combining the roads with World Endurance racing, but I think itíll be fun and I canít wait to get going. Thereíll be some new tracks to learn, and Iíve never done any endurance racing before so thereíll be a lot to take in. But I rode for Honda on the roads last year and thereís really no better team in the paddock. Itís a huge opportunity for me to be more involved with Honda and the TT Legends World Endurance team, and Iím really looking forward to it.

Neil Tuxworth, Team Manager
The idea of this team came from Honda Motor Europe, who wanted to promote the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in another class at world championship level. TT riders are older, more experienced and generally safer, which is what you want in endurance racing Ė you need to keep that little bit in reserve. The bikes will be different, too, for the roads and WEC, where reliability becomes an issue, as well as speed. Weíre particularly excited about the British round at Donington, where there will be a real festival atmosphere.

Robert Watherston, Manager Motorcycle Sport, Honda Motor Europe
Great World Endurance events and great road race meetings hold the same sense of festival Ė big, one-off events which attract people not just to watch the racing but to enjoy the whole sense of occasion. The TT Legends name invites people to look back at Hondaís great heritage of road racing and put it in the context of the present. Hondaís main promotional asset has always been racing, going right back to that first race at the TT, and the first win, whose 50th anniversary we will celebrate next year. Racing the Fireblade is an important element of the teamís identity because of the unique heritage and iconic status of the machine in itself.


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HOTEL LA RENAISSANCE - MAGNY COURS
UPDATE - Chef Jean-Claude Dray has left and it's now another couple who are in charge of the kitchen. For me, not as good as 2006...but for co-commentator Roger Bennett, much better!...plus Áa change!...still a very hearty recommendation.
HOTEL LA RENAISSANCE

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The next time you're in the French town of Nevers for any of the race meetings at Magny Cours, both myself and co-commentator Roger Bennett cannot recommend highly enough the Pizzeria Italia Chez Michel at 19, Rue Vert-Pre 58000 NEVERS. Everytime we go to Magny Cours, you'll find us having dinner there. The food is outstanding, the atmosphere great and the waitresses are efficient - and highly decorative. No website but the telephone number is 03 86 59 23 03 (France, of course).

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I've been a little remiss in putting in an extra-very-special mention for one of the best suspension guys in any racing paddock...ONE OF THE BLACK MAGICIANS OF RACING SUSPENSION

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