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
ENGINE
Capacity (CM3): 999
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)
Power (BHP): 225+
Top speed (KPH): 320+
Lubrication: Wet sump

CYCLE PARTS
Frame: Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension: öhlins RVP 300 telescopic fork
Rear suspension: Honda Pro-Link system with öhlins RSP 40 single shock

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox: Six-speed multi-ratio
Clutch: Wet with back torque limiter

TYRES
Brand: Pirelli
Front (inches): 17x3.5
Rear (inches): 17x6

BRAKES
Make: NISSIN
Front: Twin four-piston, two-pad callipers working on 330mm discs
Rear: Single two-piston, two-pad callipers working on 218 mm disc

DIMENSIONS
Dry weight (KG): 165
Wheelbase (MM): 1,405 to 1,440
Fuel tank: 23ltr, aluminium, centrally mounted
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NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 1000 HONDA CBR1000RR FIREBLADE SP2
ENGINE
Displacement: 999cm3
Bore and Stroke: 76x55.1
Valves: 16 (4 per cylinder)
Fuel delivery/Ignition system: HRC kit PGM-FI/IGN system
Power (BHP): 205+
Top speed (KPH): 300+
Lubrication: Wet sump

CHASSIS
Frame: Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension: öhlins FKR 43mm telescopic fork
Rear suspension: öhlins RSP40 rear shock

BRAKES
Front: 4 piston Brembo Monobloc on 320 discs with racing pads
Rear: STD NISSIN

DIMENSIONS:
Dry weight (kg): 174
Wheelbase: 1404-1420
Fuel tank: 16.5l titanium