Honda Racing UK took the covers off its 2023 livery on Wednesday as preparations continue for the Bennetts BSB and International Road Racing season.
Andrew Irwin and Tom Neave will line the Fireblade up in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship while John McGuinness MBE and Nathan Harrison take on the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races for the roads programme. This year’s livery is heavily influenced by the road-going production machine, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP and closely follows the Grand Prix Red colour scheme.
2022 saw the Fireblade achieve multiple wins at the NW200, the fastest newcomer award at the TT, alongside regular podiums and wins in BSB on its way to second in the championship standings, success the team is hoping to replicate as the new year approaches. Meanwhile, in Superstock trim the ‘blade’ has now secured back-to-back championship victories in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship.
Official BSB testing is set to commence at the Navarra Circuit in northern Spain on 11-13 March, while the new-look race bike will be on display at Youles Motorcycles Honda Manchester on 22nd February as part of their dealership open evening featuring 23-time TT & 6-time NW200 winner John McGuinness MBE.
“2023 is going to be an exciting season for the team as we have a mixture of new and old faces returning to the team,” Havier Beltran, Honda Racing UK Team Manager said on the launch. “We are also now into the third year of development with the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP and we’ll look to continue building on the success that we have experienced to date.
“Continuing our relationship with all our valued sponsors enables us to resume this journey. We look forward to getting the season underway and working together as a team to realise the potential of the Fireblade on the roads and in BSB.”