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Honda mark TT return with new bike and riders

Thu, 21 Nov 2019

Credit: IOM TT
Credit: IOM TT

Honda UK are returning to the TT Races with a new bike and rider line-up.

Glenn Irwin and Davey Todd will contest the RST Superbike and Senior TT Races and RL360 Superstock TT classes aboard the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Glenn has had a string of successes at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland. Having made his debut in in 2015, the Carrickfergus man took his maiden victory in the final Superbike race two years later. He went one better in 2018 to secure both Superbike wins, and again in 2019 he won and came second in the feature races.

He had a mixed season in the 2019 British Superbike Championship, but in 2018 he finished third in the championship and took his debut BSB win at the final round. He secured five second place finishes and one third place. 

Glenn said: 'I’m enjoying doing the homework for the TT and learning it, there’s no expectations whatsoever, we’re not going there to win in year one, the place requires a lot of respect and time and that’s what we’ll give it. It’s a privilege to make my debut there on the new Fireblade as a lot of people will be wanting to see it in action, so I have to prepare the best I can for the most professional and safe job in my first year.'

Davey made his debut at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix, placing second in the Dundrod 150 National race. Consistency was key at the North West 200 where he was crowned top newcomer, but it was at the TT where the 24-year-old really made his mark, lapping the Mountain Circuit at 127.890mph and becoming the second fastest newcomer in the history of the event.

He secured his maiden North West 200 win in the Supersport class and also came third in the Superstock race. Meanwhile at the TT he continued to learn the circuit and completed race week with five top-ten finishes.

Davey said: 'I am really excited to sign for Honda Racing for the 2020 season. We all know Honda’s history and I grew up watching the factory team and that’s what got me into racing, and it’s been a lifelong dream to ride for Honda. The 2020 Fireblade looks incredible and after seeing it I am more excited that I was before - if that’s even possible! I also want to thank Havier and Honda Racing for giving me this opportunity on the roads and also in the National Superstock 1000 Championship, having that belief in me really means a lot and I can’t wait to get started!'

The duo will take delivery of the new Fireblade at the end of the year, with a full test schedule set to take place early in the New Year.


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