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Honda Racing adds Takahashi to 2021 British Superbike line-up

Former WorldSBK rider and multiple Suzuka Eight-Hours winner Takumi Takahashi will join Honda’s Bennetts British Superbike team for 2021.

Although a rookie on British soil, Takahashi however is no stranger to Honda machinery and brings a wealth of racing experience to BSB. Most recently having competed in the World Superbike Championship, the Japanese native is a multi-time champion in the All Japan Road Race Championship, where in 2008 he took the GP250 title and in 2017 was crowned JSB1000 Champion.

He joins Glenn Irwin and Ryo Mizuno, a fellow Japanese rider, in Havier Beltran’s Louth-based squad.


“I’m happy to announce that in the 2021 season, I will participate in the British Superbike Championship with Honda Racing UK. British Superbike runs on circuits I’ve never raced, so I’m looking forward to it from now on. In the past Ryuichi Kiyonari has won the championship, so I will do my best to be able to achieve good results,” said Takahashi.

Beltran added: “The 2021 season is looking really exciting for Honda Racing UK, not only with the strong line-up we already had with Glenn, Ryo and Tom, but now to add Takumi and the experience he brings with him will really benefit the team.

“It’s been a busy few months organising Takumi’s move, but I know we’re all looking forward to getting out for pre-season testing and of course racing at Oulton Park for the first round.

“The guys in the workshop are working hard behind the scenes on the Fireblades and we have a lot of things to test which have been developed over the winter. So, it’s all systems go and we’re looking forward to the season when we can go racing.”

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