Honda has a strong history in the British Superbike Championship and the Lincolnshire-based race team is one of the most successful in the paddock, having won the championship four times with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Some of the biggest names in racing have raced for them with Jonathan Rea, Shane Bryne, Leon Haslam, Cal Crutchlow and Ryuichi Kiyonari, to name but a few, all having ridden for the team.
First entering the championship in 2003 as ‘Honda Racing’ it wasn’t long until the team were running at the front and in 2004 the ‘HM Plant Honda Racing’ team finished the season 2nd with Michael Rutter and Kiyonari 6th.
‘HM Plant Honda’, probably one of the best known team names in BSB history went on to be hugely successful winning the title in 2006, 2007 and 2010 with Kiyonari. They also scored countless race wins, podiums, as well as finishing as runners-up in 2005 (Kiyo), 2007 (Rea), 2008 (Haslam) and 2010 (Josh Brookes). They also finished 3rd overall in 2005 (Rutter), 2008 (Crutchlow) and 2011 (Byrne).
In 2012 the team became ‘Samsung Honda’ and they enjoyed further success, when in 2013 they became British Superbike Champions again, with Alex Lowes.
The team took a year out in 2014 to further develop the Fireblade, but still raced in the National Superstock 1000 class where they finished 2nd with Jason O’Halloran.
In 2015 Honda Racing returned to BSB with Dan Linfoot, Jason O’Halloran and they made headlines signing Jenny Tinmouth (2015-2016), who is the only female motorcycle racer to have raced at BSB level.
Mixed success followed for Linfoot and O’Halloran during their four years with the team. In 2016 O’Halloran took his first BSB race win and in 2017 aboard the all-new Fireblade, Linfoot claimed his first Superbike win at Silverstone, following up with another win at Oulton Park a week later.
For the 2019 season they have a new line-up with rising star Andrew Irwin and former World Superbike ace Xavi Forés. They are also returning to the National Superstock 1000 Championship with Tom Neave.
Honda has also enjoyed success in the British Superbike support classes; winning the National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2009 with Steve Brogan, as well as the British Supersport Championship with Steve Plater in 2009, and Karl Harris in 2003 and 2004.
|BRITISH SUPERBIKE||HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP2|
|Bore and stroke (MM):||76x55.1|
|Valves:||16 (four per cylinder)|
|Fuel Delivery System:||48mm throttle bodies with two injectors per cylinder controlled by Motec|
|Ignition:||Motec (BSB Controlled)|
|Final drive:||Chain (DID ERV3)|
|Top speed (KPH):||320+|
|Frame:||Aluminium twin spar|
|Front suspension:||öhlins RVP 300 telescopic fork|
|Rear suspension:||Honda Pro-Link system with öhlins RSP 40 single shock|
|Clutch:||Wet with back torque limiter|
|Front:||Twin four-piston, two-pad callipers working on 330mm discs|
|Rear:||Single two-piston, two-pad callipers working on 218 mm disc|
|Dry weight (KG):||165|
|Wheelbase (MM):||1,405 to 1,440|
|Fuel tank:||23ltr, aluminium, centrally mounted|
|NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 1000||HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP2|
|Bore and Stroke:||76x55.1|
|Valves:||16 (4 per cylinder)|
|Fuel delivery/Ignition system:||HRC kit PGM-FI/IGN system|
|Top speed (KPH):||300+|
|Frame:||Aluminium twin spar|
|Front suspension:||öhlins FKR 43mm telescopic fork|
|Rear suspension:||öhlins RSP40 rear shock|
|Front:||4 piston Brembo Monobloc on 320 discs with racing pads|
|Dry weight (kg):||174|
|Fuel tank:||16.5l titanium|