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Band of Brothers: Honda Racing lines up double dose of Irwins for 2020 Bennetts BSB

In a big week of Honda’s racing announcements, Honda (UK) has today (Wednesday) revealed its Bennetts British Superbike Championship line-up with another pair of brothers running in the same team, as Glenn and Andrew Irwin get set to campaign the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in 2020.

Former title winner Honda Racing awaits the arrival of the much-anticipated 2020 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, with the Louth-based team set to take delivery of the new all-new machinery at the end of the year, and a full test schedule set to take place early in the New Year.

Andrew Irwin remains with the team for a second consecutive season, following a strong performance in 2019 which saw the 25-year-old secure his first Bennetts BSB race win at Thruxton and complete the year in eighth place after just missing out on a Showdown spot.

Lining up on the opposite side of the garage, Glenn will make a move to Honda Racing for his forthcoming campaign, having been a Showdown contender and race winner in previous seasons.

Andrew Irwin said: “Reflecting back on 2019, I think it was a really positive year. There were some negatives and a few things to learn from, but I know the areas I need to work on, and I really think for 2020 I can be a real Showdown fighter. Having Glenn as my teammate will be a really good thing, he’s a best friend as much as he is my brother and I think it’s good to have a strong teammate – the first rule of racing is to beat your teammate and of course, I will want to do that!

“I’m looking forward to it and think it will be a good atmosphere and we’ll work well together. Signing for Honda again was easy as I knew what I wanted and for me there wasn’t another option, I know everyone in the team and believe in the people around me. I’d like to thank Harv and Honda Racing for the opportunity and hopefully I can repay them!”

Glenn Irwin said: “I guess it’s natural to be excited to join Honda, but I really am! I got a taste for the team at the end of this season with Andrew and got to see the structure and the atmosphere in the garage, it’s an experienced team and to be associated with a brand like Honda, is a dream come true.

“I’ve had Andrew as a teammate before, but this time it’s different as I guess I am the new guy! We are best friends and I think this is key as we’ll work together, share information and we won’t keep anything from each other, which is important as our task is to develop the new Fireblade.”

Honda Racing Team Manager Havier Beltran commented: “I am very excited about how next year is shaping up, for sure there’s a huge buzz with the new Fireblade, which we’re all very excited to get our hands on. Andrew and Tom made so much progress last year, I think knowing what they know now will be a massive help when we get started.”

Neil Fletcher, Head of Motorcycles, Honda UK, concluded: “Racing is in the blood at Honda, so we’re delighted to be expanding our motorsport activities under Honda (UK). Armed with a new rider line-up and of course the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, the team will be looking to have a great year. I can’t wait to see how our racing campaign unfolds, bring on 2020!”

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