Honda Racing BSB Stars Take to the Roads

With the inevitability of lockdown measures being eased, many of us could soon find ourselves having to make the busy commute back to our workplaces.

The Government has advised commuters to consider all other forms of transport before using public transport, meaning increasing numbers of people are looking for safe, reliable and quick modes of transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Car-sharing, cycling and walking have all been discussed when it comes to commuters or travellers getting from A to B, but one solution has been missed, and that’s powered two-wheelers.

Motorcyclists across the world already know the benefits of two wheels - they’re affordable, economical and can help ease congestion. However, the list of advantages has been expanded even further now that being socially distanced is high on people’s agendas. Now, choosing two-wheels is a safer alternative to public transport as it allows individuals to remain isolated and at a safe distance from others outside of their households, while enjoying the freedom of the road and having a little fun in the process.

In the article below we took some of our racing stars to take their CBT (Compulsory Basic Training), to help prospective riders better understand the requirements of the course and how to start the ball rolling. All of which is great to get you started on your journey to #UnlockYourFreedom with a Honda motorcycle.

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Honda Stars take CBT test

Honda Racing’s brotherly duo Andrew and Glenn Irwin, swapped circuits for the roads during the off-season to successfully pass their motorcycle tests, using a Honda CB650R and CBR650R

Andrew passed his CBT last year through Honda’s School of Motorcycling and spent time gaining road experience aboard the entry-level CB125R. Meanwhile, Glenn completed his CBT training with Moto Training NI last month. 

Embarking on a fast-track course, the brothers had an extensive few days of training before both passing the module one and module two assessments, thanks to Grantham Honda and Alpha Training/Honda School of Motorcycling and can now remove their L-plates as Spring arrives.

Glenn and Andy Irwin take their Motorcycle test

Glenn and Andy Irwin take their Motorcycle test


Passing the road bike test is something I’ve always wanted to do AND the older I got the more I wanted to do it, with Glenn doing the TT I thought it would be nice to be able to get out and watch from different places around the course. As well as getting from A-B without relying on lifts! The test procedure was different to what I thought it was going to be, but the training, and the guys at Grantham Honda and Alpha Training were great and it was a relief to pass! There’s a bit of pressure when you’re a Superbike rider and haven’t got your bike licence, so to do it and possibly fail there’s even more pressure! But it was good to pass and get it done, I’m looking forward to getting out and riding now. Thanks to Honda UK for putting us through the tests!

Glenn Irwin:

I can’t thank the guys at Alpha Training enough for the week’s training, we had a great time and it was good to finally get the test done - it’s something I had always wanted to do, but something I never got round to doing. Ade our instructor was excellent and helped us so much and showed us some of the bad traits we’ve picked up from racing. Thanks to his training the test was almost a little easier than the lessons in some respects as he was hard on us in training, to make sure everything was just right and it worked as myself and Andrew passed and also the two other lads in the group with us. I always have sponsors asking me to go for a ride and now rather than saying no, I can finally say yes and start to explore the roads where we live and enjoy riding in a different way. A big thanks to everyone at Honda UK, Grantham Honda and Alpha Training - we had a great week! 

The Honda pairing will now be able to ride the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP on the road, as well as competing in the British Superbike Championship, and Glenn at the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT races

Isle of Man newcomer Glenn has used the experience as an extension to his TT training helping to learning the course, as well as being able to travel easily to and from the paddock during the races. 

The brothers will be back in action in the British Superbike Championship soon, with the season start currently delayed until the end of April at the earliest. For regular updates on the plans for the BSB season head to

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The Honda School of Motorcycling offers a full range of courses from Compulsory Bike Training through to full licence courses, so no matter where you are in your riding career, it has a course that is right for you.