The 2014 British Superbike Championship continues from Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend with Honda Racing’s Superstock 1000 riders, Jason O’Halloran and Freddy Foray, being joined by current Endurance World Champion Julien Da Costa, who will contest the BSB races aboard a special-livery Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.
The eye-catching design is due to be revealed during the first Superbike practice session on Friday and is sure to evoke nostalgia amongst Fireblade fans. The 1992 debut of Honda’s history-making machine completely rewrote the design book of supersport motorcycles with its ethos of ‘total control’, a philosophy that has been continually refined and evolved over the last 22 years.
Honda will celebrate the Fireblade’s rich history throughout the 2014 British Superbike season, with Da Costa also appearing at Donington Park, Silverstone and the final Brands Hatch outing aboard further special-livery machines. His involvement will also enable the continued development programme for the CBR1000RR Fireblade race machine ahead of Honda’s planned full-time return to the championship in 2015.
“Honda may not be contesting the full British Superbike Championship this year, but we wanted to maintain a presence as reigning champions and continue the development of the race bike ahead of 2015,” explains Honda UK’s Head of Motorcycles Nick Campolucci. “Competing at selected rounds with Julien Da Costa aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade presented the perfect opportunity to pay homage to a machine that has seen Honda claim some of its most prestigious motorcycle racing accolades. We’re looking forward to seeing the reaction of the fans this weekend when the livery is revealed.”