Honda Motor Europe has announced their two-rider line up for its 2017 Road Racing assault at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in the Superbike classes.
TT legend John McGuinness resigns with Honda Racing Team and will be joined by none other than Guy Martin, king of all things mad, on the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Martin makes his return to racing after a year out, but with McGuinness as a team mate and that Fireblade SP2, they are sure to make good impressions. Martin will be looking to keep up his illustrious career wins that include the Ulster GP, Scarborough Gold CUp, Armoy, Cookstown and the Southern 100. He's also been on that TT podium 15 times, and will no doubt be setting his sights on that maiden TT win with Honda Racing Team.
McGuinness has alrady racked up an impressive 23 TT wins, and riding the new Fireblade SP2, the most successful 1000cc machine ever at the Isle of Man TT, he'll be looking to recapture his lap record that was broken last year.
"I’m back with Honda for another year; really I’m part of the family, and I can’t wait to see what the new Fireblade SP2 can do! I know the old model like the back of my hand and have taken a lot of my TT wins with the old girl, so I can’t wait to get out on track and try the new machine out. I have a good feeling about this year and think we have a really good package to show that we mean business. I of course would like another TT win and I would quite like my lap record back! I always say when it’s broken that the lads are just borrowing it and I hope this year that this is the case. I am sad to say bye to the old Fireblade; I have a lot of history and good memories with that bike, but testing the new model can’t come soon enough and neither can the race season. I’m excited to have Guy as my new team-mate; we’ve enjoyed many a racing battle over the years and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can both do."
"Neil [Tuxworth] has been talking to me for a while about joining the team, but I had a lot of thinking to do before I committed and said yes. I spent a lot of time on my push bike to and from work, thinking about what to do. I didn’t want to grow old regretting not giving the Honda a go, and the more time passes since making the decision, the more time I’ve thought it is the right decision. Honda is a great team and the Fireblade has always been a weapon on the roads, so with the new bike, I‘m keen to give it a go. We’ve got a busy testing schedule coming up and I’ve put some other stuff off to make time. John [McGuinness] is the man, I’ve got massive respect for him and I’m looking forward to racing on the Fireblade against him."
Here at Bikeworld, we are definitely looking forward to testing, and seeing just what these two racing legends can do on that new Fireblade.