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Honda TT Legends to run Combined ABS at Le Mans 24-hour

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The Honda TT Legends will today become the first team to run electronically controlled Combined ABS at World Championship level. The World Endurance contenders will use an ABS-equipped CBR1000RR Fireblade for the Le Mans 24-hour race, which begins today at 3pm (Central European Time). 
 
The team has carried out extensive testing of the system over the past few months with a view to introducing it to the race bike in 2012. The results have been so successful however that the decision has been made to run Combined ABS at the penultimate round of the 2011 EWC season at Le Mans, France.
 
Honda pioneered the introduction of ABS on road-going motorcycles and the manufacturer has already experienced racing success at national level when a Combined ABS-equipped Fireblade ridden by Karl Muggeridge won the 2010 German Superbike Championship. This is the first time that Honda has used the system during a World championship. 
 
Neil Tuxworth – Honda TT Legends team manager
 
Our plan was always to develop ABS during the season and we’ve done a lot of work at various tests. We are now very confident that we are ready to go out and race it. All the riders are happy with the system, we’ve encountered no problems whatsoever during our test period and in fact the riders have lapped quicker here in Le Mans on the ABS bike than on the non-ABS bike. It’s certainly our plan for next season to run ABS continually. We have to make that move at a certain point and this seems the ideal event to introduce ABS. The fact that it is a 24-hour race means it will be an extra long test for the system and Honda has a long history of proving its technology in the ultimate competitive environment. I have no real worries from a racing point of view – the system has more parts so it might take a bit longer in the pits in the event of crash damage – but I think that is a small price to pay for the fact that the ABS system is very, very good.

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