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Honda Racing announce return to Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship with Neave

Honda (UK) will return to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2019, signing Tom Neave to fight for the title on their return, as well as supporting Will Lathrope in the Dickies Junior Supersport class.

Neave will line up on the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 after impressing when he rode the team’s Superbike earlier in the year. Finishing as runner-up in 2014, the team will be looking to claim the title in 2019.

As well as challenging in the Superbike and Superstock classes, Honda (UK) is pleased to be supporting young racing talent in the Junior Supersport class with Lathrope aboard the Honda CBR500R. He first rode the machine in the final round of the series this year, securing two sixth places in the process.

Neave said: “I am chuffed to bits to have signed with Honda for 2019, it’s something I have always wanted and worked towards. Honda is such a big name in racing and they are one of the teams you look up to.

“After my accident at the last round I thought I’d blown my chance, but Harv called, we got the deal done and I am so thankful for this opportunity. I had such a good time with the team over the summer and now to have a full season with them is the consistency I need for my career.

“I can’t wait to get going now, it’s going to feel like an even longer off-season with my excitement, but as I’m a Lincolnshire lad I can pop to the workshop anytime and see my Fireblade SP2; the lads will be sick of me before the season starts!

Havier Beltran, Honda Racing team manager said: “It’s great to have Tom with us in Superstock 1000, we had great fun with him earlier in the year and again he impressed with his work ethic and determination. We’ve got a busy year ahead with three bikes over two classes and supporting in Junior Supersport, but with the riders and the team we have, I think we can be in for a good year and back at the top, where Honda belongs.”   

Neil Fletcher, Head of Motorcycles – Honda UK concluded: “I am really excited for the 2019 season and for our racing team at Louth. We are busy preparing now, looking forward to a competitive year throughout all classes and excited to get going!  It’s particularly exciting to be able to nurture young talent, to potentially develop them from Junior Supersport, through to Superstock and then into the premium Superbike class. I wish all of the team including our riders the very best for a great 2019 season!”

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