With a wealth of collective motorsport experience behind them, four Honda racers completed their Compulsory Bike Training with the Honda School of Motorcycling

Honda UK saw four racing riders and drivers through their CBT (Compulsory Bike Training) courtesy of HSM (Honda School of Motorcycling). Riding motorcycles from Honda’s broad 125cc model-range, the motorsport professionals underwent the training in and around Honda UK’s Bracknell head office.

Swapping steering wheels for handlebars, Jess Hawkins and Dan Cammish, the latter of Halfords Yuasa Racing, took to a motorcycle for the first time in a bid to complete their CBT. Despite the pair’s experience in W-Series and BTCC, they welcomed the thoroughness of the training they received from HSM instructors on the day.

Honda Racing riders Andrew Irwin and Tom Neave participated too. The pair have made great strides aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 contesting the British Superbike and National Superstock 1000 championships, respectively. Neither had ever turned a motorcycle wheel on the public highway so were eager to begin their road-riding journeys.

Proceedings kicked-off in the classroom to run through the necessary basics. Jess, Dan, Andrew and Tom then familiarised themselves with the controls of the CB125F, CB125R, MSX125 and Monkey 125, which they were riding, respectively, before progressing onto a series of exercises designed to develop their core riding skills.

Finally, the quartet rode on the public highway under the supervision of an HSM guide, from whom they received instruction via intercom for the duration of the assessment.

Returning from two hours of road-riding; Jess, Dan, Andrew and Tom were handed their official CBT certification, entitling them to ride a 125cc motorcycle, displaying L-plates, on the public highway.


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All the riders and drivers had their say at the day’s end:

Jess: “I’m super happy to have passed! After 15 minutes it was fine, I settled in, I knew what was going on and the bikes were suprsingly quite quick”

Dan: “With Tom, Andrew and Jess we all got a little bit competitive. Give us something with an engine and we are going to have fun! We had a good day out and I loved every minute of it.”

Andrew: “I really want to do the next stage of the bike test. Hopefully, in the not too distant future I can get riding on the roads back home!”

Tom: “Yeah, I definitely want to get my big bike license sorted out so I can get on an Africa Twin or something with a bit more power!”


Four racers guided through CBT by the Honda School of Motorcycling
Four racers guided through CBT by the Honda School of Motorcycling










Four racers guided through CBT by the Honda School of Motorcycling
Four racers guided through CBT by the Honda School of Motorcycling


Rider Profiles

Dan currently competes alongside Matt Neal for the Honda Halfords Yuasa team racing the Honda Civic Type R in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The 30-year-old Yorkshireman from Leeds has enjoyed success at every stage of his racing career, which started back in 2003 at the Wigan Kart Circuit. Dan scored two wins in the 2018 BTCC, and he’s no stranger to two wheels as he lists mountain biking among his hobbies.


The Northern Irishman from Carrickfergus is a seasoned rider who started racing in motocross in 2002, and soon went on to be crowned Irish Motocross 50 Champion. He moved on to Supertwins and won the Irish Supertwin Championship in 2012, and raced in Superstock 600 before coming to BSB via a brief spell in the World Supersport Championship in 2018. Andrew now rides a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 for Honda Racing in the British Superbike Championship.


Tom rides alongside Andrew Irwin in the Honda Racing BSB team, but he’s another incredibly experienced bike racer who hasn’t ridden a motorcycle on public roads. The 23-year-old from Lincoln has been racing motorbikes since he was 15, he won the UK Junior Flattrack Championship in his first year, and two years later became Mini Bike Flattrack champion.


Jess became Britain’s youngest professional racing driver at the age of just 12 and raced to glory in the Buckmore Park Club Honda Cadet Championship. She actually began racing competitively when she was just eight-years-old. Although she’s now a Heritage F1/TDF Development and Meanmower driver, Jess approached her CBT as a complete novice when it comes to riding motorcycles.



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CB125R Neo Sports Café – PCP example
(36) Monthly Payments OTR Price Deposit Total Credit Final Payment Final Payment inc Option Fee Total Amount Payable Annual Contracted Mileage Representative APR Option to Purchase Fee Excess Mileage Charge Interest Rate per Annum Fixed
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