With racing getting started around the world in the coming weeks, we see that the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP (officially the longest name in the superbike category) is ready for British Superbike duty, with Honda Racing unveiling the bike’s livery today.
With black fairings, and notably few sponsors on the machine’s fairings, this CBR1000RR-R might be a bit of a statement about the status of the world’s economy, and the role that motorcycle racing plays within it, but we appreciate the clean look nonetheless.
Onboard for the 2020 BSB season are Andrew and Glenn Irwin, while Tom Neave and Davey Todd will compete in the Superstock 1000 series.
Like other series, the British Superbike Championship has had to rethink its calendar for the year, and now it will feature three races at each of its six events, which will make for an 18-race championship.
With BSB featuring a spec-tire and minimal electronics (no traction or wheelie control), it will be interesting to see how the new Fireblade performs in this unique series.
On the one hand, Honda has spent a great deal of time developing a better electronics package for the CBR with the 2020 model, which is obviously a lost endeavor for BSB teams, but on the other hand, the additional of physical aids, like winglets, could give the Honda a bit of an edge (no pun intended) compared to the competition.
We had big expectations for the new Fireblade when it debuted at EICMA last year, and now we finally get to see how it handles itself in the top series around the world. It should be interesting to watch.
Source: Honda Motor UK