News 8 Dec 2010

AEC: Hinton congratulates Honda teams on 6 Hour success

Josh Brookes and Wayne Maxwell won last weekend's Bel-Ray 6 Hour at Phillip Island. Image: Keith Muir.

Josh Brookes and Wayne Maxwell won last weekend's Bel-Ray 6 Hour at Phillip Island. Image: Keith Muir.

Honda Australia general manager, motorcycles, Tony Hinton has congratulated the team’s using Honda’s CBR1000RR for a triumphant weekend at Phillip Island’s 6 Hour last weekend.

Honda teams took a dominant 1-2 finish with Demolition Plus GAS Honda and Team Honda Racing efforts after 215 laps in six gruelling hours of racing on Sunday.

Pre-race favourites, the powerhouse partnering of Honda’s former Australian Superbike and Supersport Champion, Josh Brookes and Honda ASBK runner-up Wayne Maxwell proved to be class of the field as the pair first earned the Superpole in qualifying before riding their Demolition Plus GAS Honda CBR1000RR to a thrilling 6 Hour victory.

Making a stellar return, Team Honda Racing was once again back at the pointy end of the field in an impressive ‘debut’, offering an extremely positive sign for the 2011 Australian Superbike campaign.

With two former Australian Superbike Champions Glenn Allerton and Jamie Stauffer teamed up aboard the newly-built Team Honda CBR1000RR, the pairing charged to a strong second place for a dream 1-2 result for Honda.

“This is a truly superb result for Honda Australia,” Hinton commented. “A Honda 1-2 victory and the Superstock 1000 class win, after dominating the top three spots in the Australian Superbike Championship, this 6 Hour result is a resounding exclamation mark at the end of the 2010 season.”

In addition to the outright 1-2 win, Honda also took top honours in the Superstock 1000 class with a monumental victory for Ankermann Motorsports Honda riders Kris McLaren and Nick Waters who outpaced many leading Superbikes to finish just off the podium in fourth outright.

“I’d like to thank and congratulate all of the riders and teams for their outstanding efforts,” Hinton continued. “Well done to the Demolition Plus GAS Honda team for a flawless 6 Hour campaign and Ankermann Motorsports Honda were in a league of their own in the Superstock 1000 class.

“It is also extremely exciting to see Team Honda Racing already so competitive with such limited preparation time – they have done an incredible job and we look forward to a very exciting and successful 2011.”