Honda Racing will concentrate solely on the MCE British Superbike championship next year, and won’t be competing in the Pirelli Superstock or Motorpoint British Supersport support classes.
Team boss Neil Tuxworth has told bikesportnews.com that BSB is their priority for 2015, and are confident that they will have a competitive package to win the series once again – like they did with Alex Lowes last year.
Multiple World Endurance Champion Julien Da Costa has been developing the bikes used by Lowes and Ryuichi Kiyonari last season and much progress has been made with four wildcard appearances including here at Silverstone.
Engine performance and a new swing-arm have been the main focus of their development of the Fireblade, and both Tuxworth and the rest of the team have missed competing in the top class, and will be back with a two rider team, but who will take up the vacant rides are yet to be finalised.
“We will only be doing Superbikes next year and not competing in the Superstock or the Supersport. Our total effort will be in Superbikes next year but the two riders who will take up the seats are yet to be finalised,” said Tuxworth, speaking at Silverstone.
“We want to continue with the development of the Superbike so this year we have been using Julien Da Costa who is the World Endurance champion to go along to certain events. We have kept the bikes used by Alex Lowes, who won BSB last year and Ryuichi Kiyonari and we have been developing them.
“We have been working on a number of things we have improved the engine performance and we have put on a new swinging-arm and worked on the suspension and have been testing the electronics. We have definitely moved forward as in Snetterton we lapped faster than Lowes did last year – and Da Costa had never been on the track before, so that shows just how fast we can be and how far we have come.
“We are very happy with the progression of the Superbike and we have been working closely with the RAF Reserves Honda Team, and with Peter Hickman and he has been riding well on that. We have a very competitive package and hopefully we will be back on the podium once again.”