DEALER NEWS

Honda Marine Dealers offering dynamic boating solutions at the Johannesburg Boat Show

Honda-powered Raptor 660FC setting off to the Johannesburg Boat Show shortly...

For more JHB Boat Show (8-10 August 2014) information go to:www.johannesburgboatshow.co.za

Three of Honda Marine’s main dealers, namely Honda Marine Knysna, Durban and Vaal will be exhibiting at the Johannesburg Boat Show to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 8-10 August 2014.

Factory Demo Robalo R240 being offered at special pricing

With a vast array of entry level to top end offshore and recreational boats on display, including the all-new Raptor 660 Forward Console and some of Angler Boats most popular models, as well as the Honda-exclusive and specially priced Robalo R240, there will be much to excite all visitors to the Johannesburg Boat Show.

Angler Boats Panache 1750 powered by a Honda BF115HP

In addition many of the Honda 4-stroke advanced technology outboard engines from 2 to 250HP will be on display making a visit to the Honda Marine stand an absolute must.

Dave, Craig and Tony and their team look forward to welcoming you to the Honda Marine stand…

HONDA RACING NEWS

IndyCar Series 2014 – Round 14: Toronto – July 20, 2014

Changing Conditions Hamper Honda Efforts in Toronto Nightcap Race 1

Jack Hawksworth (#98 Bryan Herta Autosport) Luca Filippi (#16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

In a race that had a little bit of everything – from a mid-race rain shower to the fact it was the second points-paying Verizon IndyCar Series race in a single day, to a multi-car collision that resulted in a late-race red flag – Justin Wilson and his Dale Coyne Racing team gambled and came close to pulling off an unexpected victory in the second race of Honda Indy Toronto, but ultimately came up short in the last two laps, and faded to a 10th-place finish.

Attempting to complete the race with just a single pit stop, Wilson switched from dry weather “slicks” to treaded “rain tyres” on his Lap 11 stop after showers dampened the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit. Several other Honda drivers and teams – including Josef Newgarden and Carlos Huertas, made the same strategic choice, and on Lap 45 of what became a 56-lap, timed event, were running 1-2-3 with Wilson in front, followed by Newgarden 
and Huertas.

But the showers had ended ten laps earlier, and as the track rapidly dried during the final minutes of the 1 hour, 20-minute contest, eventual winner Mike Conway advanced quickly through the field, after being among the first to change back to slick tyres on Lap 43. When the race was briefly stopped on Lap 51 for a multi-car collision in Turn 3, Conway had moved up to second, behind only Wilson.

When the green waved for the final time on Lap 52, Conway was quickly through for his second victory of 2014, followed by a string of dry-tyre-shod competitors. This group included Takuma Sato, who capped his best run of the season with a fifth-place finish after starting 22nd.

Josef Newgarden (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing) Marco Andretti (#25 Andretti Autosport)

Rookie Jack Hawksworth also moved up on dry tyres in the final laps, finishing sixth, his best result since finishing third in Houston earlier this month. Wilson took the checkers a disappointed 10th, while Newgarden fell to 13th as his rain tyres also faded on the now-dry circuit.

After six races over four consecutive weeks, including two doubleheader race weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 3 with the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

IndyCar Series

Round 14: Toronto

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing)

2

Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

3

Will Power (Team Penske)

4

Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)

5

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

6

Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)

7

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

8

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

9

Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing)

10

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

13

Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

14

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

15

Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)

16

Luca Filippi (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

17

Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)

18

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

20

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

22

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

23

Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

 

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IndyCar Series 2014 – Round 13: Toronto – July 20, 2014

Pagenaud Finishes Fourth for Honda in Toronto Race 1

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

A storming recovery effort from Simon Pagenaud and his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports team, following first-lap contact, resulted in a fourth-place finish to lead the Honda-powered field in the opening race of a same-day Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Starting fifth, Pagenaud was tipped into an opening-lap spin by contact from seventh-starting Luca Filippi, triggering a chain-reaction collision and a complete race restart, with Pagenaud at the rear of the field. An early, “off-sequence” pit stop from the Schmidt team on Lap 11 allowed Pagenaud to move into the lead when most of the remainder of the 23-car starting field made their own mid-race stops. While in front, Pagenaud clicked off a series of fast race laps, ensuring that he remained in the lead group, even after making a second stop on Lap 40, resuming and finishing fourth.

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

IndyCar Series

Round 13: Toronto

Rank Driver (Team)

1

Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing)

2

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)

3

Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

4

Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

5

Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)

6

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

7

Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)

8

James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)

9

Will Power (Team Penske)

10

Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)

11

Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)

13

Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)

14

Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)

16

Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)

17

Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)

20

Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)

21

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)

22

Luca Filippi (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)

23

Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)

 

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World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – Round 09: Laguna Seca – USA – July 13, 2014

Rea Moves up Rider Rankings after Latest Podium Success

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) moved up to third place in the overall championship standings at round nine of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca in the USA, thanks to a sixth and then a third place finish on a long and frequently interrupted race day.

Rea’s team-mate Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) secured good points scores on his CBR1000RR SP Fireblade to take a seventh place in the 25-lap race one and then record the same result in an eventual seven lap second race.

Rea had started ninth off the grid after a mistake on his Superpole qualifying lap, and he had to work hard to try and get close to the leaders. Haslam had qualified in the same seventh place he finished each race in and is now tenth in the championship overall.

Jonathan Rea

In race one Rea and Haslam ended the first lap in fifth and sixth places, respectively, and Haslam would get as high as fourth before eventually ending up in seventh place. Rea, however, had an eventful race, running off track on lap six to drop from fifth place to tenth, and having to work hard to claw back positions. He had to overtake his team-mate Haslam twice in the same event to finish three seconds ahead in sixth place.

The second race would be started no less than three times, with the first attempt at the full 25-laps stopped after a crash left a machine and a rider in a dangerous place. A short seven lap race was called under the quick restart procedures but again another fall brought out the red flags. The race re-started again for another seven lap dash and reached completion this time with Rea in third place, for his seventh podium of the season. On his first visit to Laguna Seca this was as much as Rea could have realistically hoped for after his bad luck in qualifying.

Leon found grip issues that held him back in the seven lap second race but still scored valuable points as both he and Rea now head off to compete in the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour race in Japan.

Leon Haslam

After a very long summer break the championship will reconvene, alongside the usual Supersport World Championship and other support series, at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain with raceday on September 7th.

World Superbike and World Supersport 2014 – 
Round 09: Laguna Seca – U.S.A.

Superbike Race 1

Rank Rider (Team)

1

M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)

2

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

3

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

4

D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)

5

T. ELIAS (Red Devils Roma)

6

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

7

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

19

C. ULRICH (GEICO Motorcycle Road Rac.)

Superbike Race 2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)

2

S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)

3

J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)

4

E. LAVERTY (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)

5

T. ELIAS (Red Devils Roma)

6

L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)

7

L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)

17

C. ULRICH (GEICO Motorcycle Road Rac.)

 

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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2014 – Round 09: Germany – July 13, 2014

Miraculous Marquez Leads Dominant Honda One-Two

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team) followed by Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Unbeaten Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) and team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) dominated a unique MotoGP race at Sachsenring, Germany, scoring their third one-two result of the 2014 season.

Marquez’s win was his ninth from nine races, a remarkable achievement from the 21-year-old former Moto2 and 125 World Champion. So far, only two riders have won more than nine consecutive premier-class wins: Giacomo Agostini (MV Agusta), who won all ten races of the 1968 500 season, and Mick Doohan (Repsol Honda), who won ten successive victories in the 1997 500 World Championship.

The race started in confusing conditions after a light rain shower moments before the start, with most riders choosing to start the warm-up lap on rain tyres, then realizing that slicks would be better for the race. They therefore had to swap to their ‘dry bikes’ and then start the race from pit lane once the rest of the riders had sped past into the first turn. Only nine riders started from their assigned positions on the grid.

Local hero Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) was the only rider on the first five rows to start from the grid and so took an easy lead during the first few laps. But all was not well for Bradl, who had started from the front row. His RC213V may have been fitted with slicks, but it was running wet-weather suspension settings, so he was unable to use the full performance of his slick tyres.

Meanwhile Marquez and Pedrosa – both recovering from big tumbles during practice – were charging through the mostly Open bikes that had also started from the main grid, until the two RC213V riders were into second and third places on lap four. At that point Bradl still had a healthy lead but it was quickly whittled away by the two Spaniards. Marquez assumed the lead at the end of lap six, with Pedrosa soon following him through into second.

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

Marquez and Pedrosa had the rest of the race between them, Marquez always leading, with the gap see-sawing this way and that. One lap Marquez would open the gap by a tenth, then the next Pedrosa would close it by a tenth, until one third-distance when Pedrosa made a couple of minor errors and slipped more than a second behind his team-mate.

Pedrosa’s seventh podium of the year promoted him to second overall, ahead of today’s fourth-place finisher Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). At the checkered flag the gap between Pedrosa and Marquez was 1.4 seconds, with Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) almost eight seconds back in third.

Try as he might, Bradl slipped further back as riders with the correct settings/tyre combination came past him. He eventually crossed the finish line in a disconsolate 16th place.

Alvaro Bautista (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) was one of the last few riders to come past Bradl. The Spaniard ended the race in ninth place, just behind Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).

MotoGP rookie Scott Redding (Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R) was one of the many riders to start from pit lane and had a great ride, racing his Open RCV1000R against many factory bikes to eventually take 11th place, three seconds behind team-mate Bautista.

It was a good day for Honda’s RCV1000R production machine, with all four riders finishing in the points.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) started from the grid and ran up front in the early stages, gradually falling victim to the faster factory machines. The former 250 World Champion finished 12th.

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R) started on slicks and ended the race in 13th position, just ahead of Nicky Hayden (Drive 7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R). Former MotoGP World Champion Hayden was another rider who pitted for slicks at the end of the warm-up lap but he didn’t get the best of the hectic massed pit-lane start. He ended the first lap in last place, then worked his way through to 14th at the finish.

Moto2
Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert, Suter) won a brilliant victory in the Honda-powered Moto2 race, his first time on the top step of a Grand Prix podium. The Swiss was in the battle for the win from the early laps, leading the first lap and then spending most of the rest of the race shadowing leader Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex). In the final few laps the stakes were raised with Aegerter grabbing the lead at the first corner, only for Kallio to grab it back at the last corner. Finally, Aegerter prevailed, passing the checkered flag just 0.091 seconds ahead of the Finn.

Third place went to Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing, Forward Kalex) whose duel with series leader Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team, Kalex) also lasted to the very end. Corsi passed Rabat at the penultimate corner, then Rabat returned the compliment at the final turn, but he went in too hot, ran wide and Corsi beat him to the finish line by one tenth of a second.

Maverick Vinales (Pons HP 40, Kalex) had an astonishingly good race. Fifteenth at the end of the first lap, the Austin Moto2 winner cut a swath through the pack and then closed on the battle for third place. In the end he finished right behind Rabat and less than a second off the podium. Also featuring strongly in that battle was fast-improving rookie Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team, Kalex) who finished a close sixth after battling with the group for much of the race.

Randy Krummenacher (Ioda Racing Project, Suter) headed the next group in seventh place, just ahead of Mattia Pasini (NGM Forward Racing, Forward Kalex) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock, Suter).

Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250RW) played a brilliant role in the front-running brawl in the Moto3 race, eventually crossing the line in third place, just 1.1 seconds behind race winner and series leader Jack Miller (KTM). The battle at the front was enthralling, with Miller heading the chase but only just.

Masbou, who received an upgraded NSF250RW engine at Assen where he finished a close fourth, was delighted with his first podium of the year, less than a tenth ahead of Catalunya and Assen winner Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW), whose fourth-place finish keeps him second overall.

Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250RW) rode a heroic race to lead the second group home in sixth place, a result which moved him into third place in the championship, ahead of Romano Fenati (KTM) and Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) who both crashed out.

John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250RW) also had an excellent ride, finishing just one tenth of a second behind team-mate Vazquez in an eight-man skirmish that had sixth to eighth places covered by 1.1 seconds.

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
 – Round 09: Germany Race

MotoGP

Rank Rider (Team) F/O

1

Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team) F

2

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team) F

3

Jorge LORENZO (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) F

4

Valentino ROSSI (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) F

5

Andrea IANNONE (Pramac Racing) F

6

Aleix ESPARGARO (NGM Forward Racing) O

7

Pol ESPARGARO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) F

8

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team) F

9

Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini) F

10

Cal CRUTCHLOW (Ducati Team) F

11

Scott REDDING (GO & FUN Honda Gresini) O

12

Hiroshi AOYAMA (Drive M7 Aspar) O

13

Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing) O

14

Nicky HAYDEN (Drive M7 Aspar) O

15

Danilo PETRUCCI (IodaRacing Project) O

* F=Factory option, O=Open category

Moto2

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)

2

Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)

3

Simone CORSI (NGM Forward Racing)

4

Esteve RABAT (Marc VDS Racing Team)

5

Maverick VIÑALES (Paginas Amarillas HP 40)

6

Franco MORBIDELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)

7

Randy KRUMMENACHER (IodaRacing Project)

8

Mattia PASINI (NGM Forward Racing)

9

Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)

10

Xavier SIMEON (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)

11

Ricard CARDUS (Tech 3)

12

Marcel SCHROTTER (Tech 3)

13

Louis ROSSI (SAG Team)

14

Luis SALOM (Paginas Amarillas HP 40)

15

Axel PONS (AGR Team)

Moto3

Rank Rider (Team)

1

Jack MILLER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

2

Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)

3

Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)

4

Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)

5

Danny KENT (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo)

6

Efren VAZQUEZ (SaxoPrint-RTG)

7

John MCPHEE (SaxoPrint-RTG)

8

Isaac VIÑALES (Calvo Team)

9

Matteo FERRARI (San Carlo Team Italia)

10

Juanfran GUEVARA (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)

11

Jakub KORNFEIL (Calvo Team)

12

Philipp OETTL (Interwetten Paddock Moto3)

13

Arthur SISSIS (Mahindra Racing)

14

Eric GRANADO (Calvo Team)

15

Enea BASTIANINI (Junior Team GO & FUN Moto3)