Honda Revved up for BSB Opener16/04/2019
Honda’s British Superbike team, with riders Xavi Forés and Andrew Irwin, are heading into the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season in high spirits, after pre-season testing saw them firmly in the mix aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Wrapping up pre-season testing with an outing at Silverstone last Tuesday, the team has enjoyed a thorough testing schedule both in the UK and also in Europe, which saw the Honda riders consistently running within the front group.
During the final test ahead of this weekend’s opening round (19/20/21 April), Forés wasted no time getting to grips with Silverstone’s National circuit. Having never ridden the shorter layout before, the Spaniard headed up the timesheets for most of the day and missed out on a crucial flying lap during the closing moments of the final session, to finish the day ninth.
With mixed weather at the 1.6-mile Northamptonshire circuit, Irwin gelled with the Fireblade in the conditions, staying within the top-six throughout each session. Finishing the day sixth, Irwin was 0.399 seconds from the front.
The team’s National Superstock 1000 Championship contender Tom Neave also thrived in the intermittent conditions to finish the day seventh, just 0.727 seconds behind.
The opening round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place this Easter weekend, with First Practice on Friday (19 April) at 10.20, with Race 1 scheduled for Sunday (21 April) at 13.30 and Race 2 at 16.30.
Live timing will be available from britishsuperbike.com/live-timing