BSB: Honda Racing UK unveil colourful 2021 livery
Honda Racing UK have unveiled their brand-new livery for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike season.
Last year's all-black stealth effort has been replaced with a colourful design which isn't too dissimilar to Team HRC's World Superbike livery. This year's BSB Fireblade features the iconic Tri-Colour livery - red, blue and white - with the addition of a carbon fibre mudguard, belly pan and rear hugger.
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Glenn Irwin remains with the team and will be expected to challenge for the title once again after his heroics on the brand-new Fireblade last season. Irwin secured one victory and six podiums on a bike which went through very little testing and contained mostly stock parts.
Irwin has two teammates in the Superbike class this year, with Japanese riders Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi making their BSB debuts. Mizuno joins as part of Honda Superbike Challenge Program, whilst Takahashi will compete as a HRC contracted rider.
Mizuno is an All-Japan J-GP3 and GP2 Champion, and also rode for Honda at the 2019 Suzuka 8-Hour endurance event. He's also made one-off appearances in Moto3 and Moto2.
Meanwhile, Takahashi also has experience in the All-Japan Road Racing Championship, winning the GP250 title in 2008 and then the JSB1000 (Superbike) crown in 2017 – Honda’s first national title since 2011. He's also a three-time Suzuki 8-Hour winner and made a wildcard appearance at the 2015 Japanese MotoGP at Motegi - finishing in a very respectable 12th place.
Tom Neave will compete for the team in the National Superstock Championship and will be aiming to go one better than 2020. Neave finished 26 points behind champion Chrissy Rouse on the new Fireblade.
The team will debut the 2021 livery at the final official BSB test on Tuesday June 8 at Donington Park, ready for the start of the season at Oulton Park (June 25-27).