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F.C.C. TSR Honda Becomes the First Japanese Team to Win the FIM Endurance World Championship

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With the Suzuka 8-Hours completed, it is time to crown a winner in the FIM Endurance World Championship, and that winner is the F.C.C. TSR Honda France team.

The Japanese outfit went into the FIM EWC series finale just 10 points ahead of its nearest rival, the GMT94 Yamaha squad, which meant the series crown was still up for grabs heading into the Japanese round.

Suzuka isn’t a normal Endurance World Championship round, however, as there are a number of one-off teams that can steal points from the FIM EWC regulars, which made the 10-point deficit a tough challenge for the French team to overcome.

With circumstances playing into F.C.C. TSR Honda’s hands quite well, and the endurance team having the added benefit of being on Bridgestone tires, the tire of choice at Suzuka (eight of the top ten Suzuka finishers were using Bridgestones), victory was nigh.

Finally getting to taste the bubbly at Suzuka, F.C.C. TSR Honda became the first Japanese team ever to win the FIM Endurance World Championship, thanks to the riding of Josh Hook, Freddy Foray, and Alan Techer. 

Final Standings from the 2017/2018 FIM Endurance World Championship:

Pos Team Bike Country FMN FRA FRA SVK GER JPN Total
1 F.C.C. TSR Honda France Honda JPN MFJ 37 58 21 30 25.5 171.5
2 GMT94 YAMAHA Yamaha FRA FFM 60 31 24 21 22.5 158.5
3 Honda Endurance Racing Honda GBR ACU 42 40 19 8 18 127
4 WEPOL Racing by penz13.com BMW GER DMSB 43 38 81
5 MERCURY RACING BMW CZE ACCR 29 19 15 7 10.5 80.5
6 Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Suzuki FRA FFM 33 8 14 11 13.5 79.5
7 NRT48 BMW GER DMSB 32 17 19 3 71
8 TEAM SRC KAWASAKI FRANCE Kawasaki FRA FFM 27 12 24 63
9 Bolliger Team Switzerland Kawasaki SUI FMS 4 35 13 1 0 53
10 Tati Team Beaujolais Racing Kawasaki FRA FFM 21 10 5 13 49
11 YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM Yamaha JPN MFJ 45 45
12 Junior Team LMS Suzuki Suzuki FRA FFM 11 18 14 43
13 MOTO AIN Yamaha FRA FFM 22 4 15 41
14 Red Bull Honda with Japan Post Honda JPN MFJ 36 36
15 Kawasaki Team GREEN Kawasaki JPN MFJ 31.5 31.5
16 YART – YAMAHA Yamaha AUT AMF 30 30
17 No Limits Motor Team Suzuki ITA FMI 9 2 6 12 29
18 S-PULSE DREAM RACING IAI Suzuki JPN MFJ 28.5 28.5
19 Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences Yamaha FRA FFM 5 11 10 26
20 3ART- MOTO TEAM 95 Yamaha FRA FFM 24 24
21 Honda Asia-Dream Racing Honda JPN MFJ 21 21
22 MACO RACING Team Yamaha SVK SMF 3 0 17 20
23 KYB MORIWAKI MOTUL RACING Honda JPN MFJ 19.5 19.5
24 Motobox Kremer Racing #65 Yamaha GER DMSB 5 3 0 9 17
25 YOSHIMURA SUZUKI MOTUL RACING Suzuki JPN MFJ 16.5 16.5
26 Team 33 Accessoires – Louit Moto Kawasaki FRA FFM 16 16
27 Team KAGAYAMA U.S.A Suzuki JPN MFJ 15 15
28 Team R2CL Suzuki FRA MUL 6 9 15
29 Gert56 German Endurance Racing Team BMW GER DMSB 7 8 15
30 WSB-Endurance Kawasaki GER DMSB 8 7 15
31 Aviobike Yamaha FRA FFM 8 0 0 6 14
32 MOTOTECH EWC TEAM Honda BEL FMB 5 3 5 13
33 BMW Motorrad39 BMW JPN MFJ 12 12
34 TECMAS – BMW BMW FRA FFM 5 7 12
35 ATOMIC 68 Suzuki FRA FFM 1 10 11
36 sarazin motorsport by hall moto 02 Yamaha FRA FFM 10 10
37 Wójcik Racing Team Yamaha POL PZM 9 0 0 9
38 BMW?Financial?Services?135 BMW JPN MFJ 9 9
39 Mistresa with ATJ Racing Honda JPN MFJ 7.5 7.5
40 AMSS-TRB VIDRA TEAM SERBIA Yamaha SRB AMSS 7 7
41 Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers Kawasaki FRA FFM 6 6
42 Titanium Power Racing with HOOTERS Yamaha JPN MFJ 6 6
43 TEAM FRONTIER Honda JPN MFJ 4.5 4.5
44 Team LRP Poland BMW POL PZM 0 4 4
45 Exteria Eko Racing Team BMW SVK SMF 0 1 3 4
46 ENERGIE ENDURANCE 91 Kawasaki FRA FFM 3 0 0 3
47 Team April Moto Motors Events Honda FRA FFM 1 0 2 3
48 Rac 41 Honda FRA FFM 2 2
49 GIRLS RACING TEAM Yamaha FRA FFM 2 0 2
50 Team SuP Dream Honda Honda JPN MFJ 1.5 1.5
51 Zuff Racing Team Honda SUI FMS 1 0 1
52 National Motos Honda FRA FFM 1 1

Source: FIM Endurance World Championship

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