Honda Racing – Roads
John McGuinness teams with Guy Martin to form the exciting two rider line up for Honda Racing and will contest both the 2017 North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races.
Making his return to racing after a sabbatical last year, and now fully recovered from back injuries sustained when he crashed at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2015, Martin, the increasingly popular TV star will be chasing that elusive maiden TT victory.
Meanwhile, McGuinness will be intent on adding to his tally of 23 TT wins seeking to close on Joey D’s record tally of 26.
In terms of podiums, McGuinness already holds the TT record on 46, after adding to his tally last year with third’s in both Senior & Superbike races, compared to Dunlop’s total of 41.
Equally impressive the Honda Fireblade has proven to be the most successful 1000cc machine ever over the Mountain Course, and Honda will be keen to add to that remarkable record with the new Fireblade SP2.
Honda Racing – World Endurance
Endurance specialists Freddy Foray, Julian Da Costa and Sebastien Gimbert are retained as Honda’s World Endurance Team for the fourth consecutive season.
Following mixed results last year, which saw them place 4th overall, with a best finish of third at the Portimao 12hour event, the team are looking forward to a more positive & successful campaign this time around aboard
the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.
Interestingly the Endurance World Championship takes on a new, if perhaps slightly confusing format for 2017.
Previous years have seen the championship start in April & finish in September of the same year, but this time , with 6 rounds planned, the series starts in September 2016 with the Boi d’Or and finishes in July 2017 with the Suzuka hours!