The last ever motorcycle race at Oran Park, NSW proved to be a winner for Honda with the Demolition Plus team of Craig Coxhell, Russell Holland and Gareth Jones taking out the iconic 6 Hour on board their Honda CBR1000RR’s last weekend.
Holland, who has been riding overseas in recent years, took the honours for the team after the three stalwart team mates completed 277 laps in the sweltering heat.
A 4000 strong fan base cheered on the Honda riders as they finished well in front of Yamaha mounted Dan Stauffer, Grant Hay and Zac Davies.
“The bike didn’t miss a beat all weekend even though we rode it for three days straight in 40-degree heat. It’s a big credit to the whole team,” said Coxhell.
Whilst Holland brought his Suzuka 8 Hour experience to the table, Jones was a little more in the dark as to what to expect.
“The last time I rode here was in 2003 on a 400, so to come back here and ride a bike that I’ve never ridden before and do an endurance race, which I’ve never done before, has been a real pleasure,” the young Australian Superbike rider said.
Team Chief Technician Geoff Winzer of G.A.S. Honda Motorcycles said it was a wonderful feeling to take the win on a bike that was only one week old.
“The only modifications to the CBR1000RR carried out included a full race exhaust system, Showa rear shock with front fork cartridges and NGK race plugs and she never missed a beat in 40 degree heat,” Winzer commented.
“It was the reliability, great fuel consumption and the consistency of the three riders that allowed us to break the record of the number of laps completed in a 6 hour. Well done to Craig, Russell and Gareth. To win the 6 Hour was awesome for the whole team!”
Honda Australia congratulates all three riders, Team Manager Richard Parry and Geoff Winzer on their accomplishment in very tough conditions.