The Honda TT Legends team were delighted to qualify in 20th place on their first appearance at the Suzuka 8 Hours. In a race filled with Suzuka veterans and specialist Japanese teams, the World Endurance newcomers should be proud of their performance in the opinion of Team Manager Neil Tuxworth.

“Today's been great. We've continued to learn the track each time we've gone out and I tried a bit of race replication with the tyre in the last session, putting a lot of laps in and it was really interesting. It was hot and it was slippery but it was good fun. I did my personal best lap time that turned out to be the best lap for the team. I walked in here this morning hoping to end in the top 20 so I'm happy.”

Standing in for the injured Steve Plater, Cameron Donald put in a superb lap to set the quickest time within the team and the Australian has enjoyed the challenge of tackling the legendary circuit.

“Today's been great. We've continued to learn the track each time we've gone out and I tried a bit of race replication with the tyre in the last session, putting a lot of laps in and it was really interesting. It was hot and it was slippery but it was good fun. I did my personal best lap time that turned out to be the best lap for the team. I walked in here this morning hoping to end in the top 20 so I'm happy.”

John McGuinness acknowledged the difficulty of getting to grips with the 5.807km track and believes 20th place is a strong result under the circumstances.

“I think 20th is a realistic position. As a rider you want more all the time but considering we hadn't been on a bike round here until yesterday, we've done ok. A lot of people I've spoken to here have said that you can't learn the track in a day and they are probably right! Anything can happen and we just need to put in eight consistent hours between us. We're all on a similar pace within half a second of each other so if we can stay consistent there's no reason why we can't get in the points and that's what we're looking for really.”

Keith Amor added that he is learning more and more with every lap he completes and is eagerly anticipating tomorrow's gruelling event.

“I've started to enjoy it now. I'm happy with the fact that I know roughly where I'm going now and that has helped a lot. It's still difficult and every single lap we're out there I'm learning where not to go and where to go. Tomorrow we'll get a little bit more free practice in, do a bit more work with the bike and you never know, we might improve a bit more.”

The 8 hour race will start at 02:30am UK time in the early hours of Sunday morning and the Honda TT Legends twitter feed will provide real-time news, videos and images throughout the event.