Honda Racing UK Manager Neil Tuxworth is looking ahead to the team’s return to the MCE British Superbike Championship grid at the next round of the season at Snetterton (13/14/15 June) as the 2013 title-winners are back at the Norfolk circuit with Julien Da Costa at the helm.
The Honda Racing team won the MCE BSB title for the fourth time in 2013, but are using 2014 as a development year to re-focus their efforts around future racing activity, with a view to a planned full-time return to MCE BSB in 2015.
Honda Racing UK Manager Tuxworth said:
“We are looking forward to being back on the grid in the Superbike Championship at Snetterton for our first appearance of the season. We have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure we are in the best possible position for the event and I am very happy with the progress that we have made already.
"Each time we have been out testing we have continued developing our bike and the programme has been going very well.
"I think that we will have a better package following this development season than the one that Alex won the title with and that was always our target as we look to 2015.”
Triple World Endurance champion Da Costa last raced in MCE BSB back in 2009 and Tuxworth believes that the development work the team have already undergone in preparation for their wildcard appearances will put them in a strong position.
“We have a structured testing programme, where we have kept both Alex Lowes’ title-winning Superbike from last season and the second Fireblade that Ryuichi Kiyonari rode last year and we have worked hard on testing comparisons,” said Tuxworth.
“Alex’s bike has remained the same and then Kiyo’s 2013 machine we have used to test engine performance improvements and we have worked hard on weight distribution as an overview in addition to several other areas.
“We also have some upcoming tests at Knockhill and Croft too and there we will test the latest frame from the new SP model and a new swingarm which we can then run back to back comparisons with Alex’s bike which remains the same to see if and where improvements can be found. For this test Jason (O'Halloran) will also test the Superbike because we think it will benefit the programme to have feedback from another rider too.”