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Blade runner: Honda Racing begin preparations with new Fireblade

The arrival of the all-new 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP has been eagerly awaited since its unveiling last October, when the next generation of Fireblade was revealed worldwide.

Since then Honda Racing have been anticipating the new arrival ahead of the 2020 season, and during the last week of 2019 their wishes were answered when a special shipment from Japan arrived. 

It was a busy morning at the workshop as the team got to work unloading the new machines that will challenge the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with brotherly-duo Andrew and Glenn Irwin, as well as the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championships with Davey Todd and Tom Neave.

The race is now on for the Honda team to get everything ready for the start of the 2020 season at Silverstone this Easter (April 10/11/12), with a huge amount of work now underway that goes into making a road-going Fireblade SP into a race ready Superbike.

A couple of the bikes are stripped and send to suppliers for bodywork fitment, as well as Akrapovic for the new exhaust system. As the Fireblade SP is brand new the team are literally starting from scratch. Making use of the in-house machine shop, new parts will be manufactured from triple clamps, linkages, handlebars, rear sub-frames and much more.

After a few hours in the workshop, the teams’ dyno facility is fired up and a shiny new Fireblade SP is taken through its paces, much to the delight of the Honda crew.

The next few months will be a busy affair for the Honda Racing team as they prepare their new machines ready for pre-season testing.

Havier Beltran, Honda Racing’s long-standing team manager, said: “It really is an exciting time for the team and also Honda, to see the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in action.

“The feeling around the new bike is so strong and I think it’s going to impress both race fans and customers alike. Since the Fireblade SPs arrived the team has been flat out getting to know the machines, as everything is new.

“We have parts being made in the machine shop, bikes on the dyno and bikes being delivered to suppliers, so it really is all hands to the deck at the moment. I really can’t wait for testing and to see all the hard work and commitment in place when the guys leave pit lane for the first time!” 

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