BSB: Honda reveal retro livery to celebrate 30 years of the Fireblade

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Honda Racing UK have unveiled a special livery for their 2022 campaign which celebrates 30 years of the iconic Fireblade.

The original CBR900RR Fireblade was introduced to the world in 1992, and the 2022 livery has been designed to closely match the scheme which accompanied the first Fireblade. 

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It’s primarily white, and includes the stunning dashes of red and blue, whilst the riders will also be decked out in matching leathers. The HRC logo is visible, showcasing the team’s partnership with Japan.

The new design will be showcased in both the Bennetts British Superbike Championship and the 2022 road racing season. Honda Racing UK are taking part in the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT this year.

In BSB, Glenn Irwin remains for a third consecutive year and will be joined by reigning Pirelli National Superstock champion Tom Neave, who is promoted within the Honda ranks. Japanese duo Takumi Takahashi and Ryo Mizuno also return for a second season in the UK.

In a sensation move, John McGuinness has returned to Honda ahead of his 100th TT race start. McGuinness has secured 12 of the 20 TT wins the CBR1000RR Fireblade has amassed at the Mountain Course.

Irwin will also be taking on the TT for the very first time, whilst also seeking to add to his four Superbike victories at the NW200. The Northern Irishman has already won at the event with Kawasaki and Ducati.

“2022 is an exciting season for the team across both BSB and the Roads; we have Tom stepping up into the Superbike class, John back on Honda machinery, Glenn finally making his TT debut, as well as celebrating 30 years of the Fireblade and we’re welcoming Motul as a new sponsor, which is the first time for us in the British Championship,” team manager, Havier Beltran said.

“Motul have a great pedigree on the Roads, as well as numerous successes across two-wheel motorsport, and we’re looking forward to getting the season underway and working with the team there.”

Whilst Neave’s promotion into the Superbike class means that there will be no factory Honda squad in Superstock this season, the team has announced an exciting new support package for teams and riders looking to compete on the 2022 bike. 

The 30th Anniversary livery will be making its debut at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show (11-13 February), where it will be on display on the Honda stand.