Honda Motorsports Update for July 2016

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Formula 1:

Mclaren-Honda may have finally begun to catch up with the rest of the field. While Jenson Button retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend after a few mechanical issues and a run-in with the FIA over updated (and much maligned) rules regarding radio communications. His teammate Fernando Alonso was able to perform well and finish seventh, picking up six much needed points. Could this be a sign of things to come or is this just another outlier in Honda’s difficult return to the series? As of now Alonso lay 13th in driver’s standings with Button 15th & McLaren-Honda 7th in constructor standings, Ron Dennis & Co., have to wondering how much longer they can keep up their spending levels alongside these results.

MotoGP:

Even with what most regard as an inferior machine to the Yamaha’s behind him in the standing, Honda’s Marc Marquez has a sizable lead in the championship after a comfortable victory in Germany. Meanwhile teammate Dani Pedrosa languishes in fourth, behind both Yamaha’s and with just more than half of Marquez’s points haul.

SuperGT:

Honda’s struggles in GT500 continue as the highest placed NSX at Sugo came sixth behind a train of Lexus RC-F and a lone GT-R. Unfortunately the demise of the CR-Z means Honda is no longer represented in GT300.

IndyCar:

Honda’s aero kit continues to struggle against Chevy’s & it shows in the standings. The bright spot being surprise Indy 500 winner (and former Manor F1 hero) Alex Rossi being the leading Honda driver relegated to 7th place in the championship.

What to Watch For:

  • Pirelli World Challenge @ Mid-Ohio – July 29/30
  • F1 German Grand Prix – Sunday July 31
  • Super GT Fuji 300km – Sunday August 7
  • IMSA WeatherTech @ Road America – Sunday August 7
  • MotoGP Austria – Sunday August 14

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