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Glenn Irwin set for Honda Racing return alongside Ryo Mizuno

Glenn Irwin will remain with the Honda Racing team for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season, as he lines up alongside Japanese contender Ryo Mizuno aboard the race-winning CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Irwin remains with Honda after a successful debut year with the team; during the 2020 season he enjoyed a win and five podium finishes, eventually wrapping up the season in fourth place overall, showing the potential of the new Fireblade as he targets the title in 2021. 

In addition to a two-man team in the Superbike class, Tom Neave will continue in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, where in 2020 he narrowly missed out on the title to finish runner-up, scoring the most race wins in the Superstock championship in what was an impressive debut year for the new Fireblade SP.

Irwin said: “I’m really happy to continue with Honda Racing and to carry on the development of the new Fireblade. 2020 was a really refreshing year that perhaps brought success earlier than I anticipated.

“For 2021 we have extensive development to go through which for sure will improve our package further. That said, there won’t be any room for complacency which I have experienced before, so we won’t be making bold predictions from a results perspective. As a team we know from the work carried out over the winter, we have a strong base to continue developing the Fireblade. Working with Ryo is exciting in itself, with Ryo coming from a completely different racing background. I am excited to see how his feedback improves us.”

Tom Neave said: “I’m delighted to be going into my third season with Honda Racing. My ultimate aim is to be on the Superbike but I think it’s important that I complete another full year on the Superstock Fireblade to refine and build on everything we learnt last season. We had a strong year and finishing as runner-up has motivated me more than ever to claim that number 1. I’m so grateful to Honda and all my sponsors for sticking by me and I can’t wait to get 2021 underway!”

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