Today, Team HRC became the first World Superbike outfit to officially launch their 2022 challenger, unveiling this year’s CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, donned by its latest red, white and blue livery.
Though the bike features many similarities in aesthetic, the Japanese manufacturers bid into the 2022 championship, comes bearing a fresh duo of Spanish talents, Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.
Their all new and future invested line-up marks 30 years since the release of the innovative and revolutionary CBR model and offers great potential ahead the upcoming season.
HRC’s newest assets, Lecuona and Vierge are set to get stuck into what will be their debut season in the superbike class, following on from grand prix racing in the MotoGP and Moto2 World Championships.
Honda’s campaign in the 2021 World Superbike Championship can only be characterized as challenging. The season concluded with former HRC pilots, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam sat in tenth and thirteenth overall.
For a factory supported team as well established as Honda, fighting for, and falling outside of the top 10 positions in the championship, more than qualifies as a difficult season.
However, as the baton of HRC’s world championship success is passed into the hands of two youngsters, a new chapter is set to begin.
The pair combined, form the youngest team on the 2022 World Superbike grid. Although shy of experience in the superbike championship, confidence is at a high with both riders hungry to deliver results.
At the Spearhead of HRC’s 2022 Assault, sits former World Superbike rider and Team Manager, Leon Camier.
Speaking on HRC’s new hopefuls, Camier said: “We’ve chosen two young riders with the idea of investing in the future. We believe in their potential a lot.
“They need some experience in this championship and with the riders around them, but with a few races under their belt they will soon understand where they are.”
“Of course, it’s not an easy transition from the championships they’ve been in.
“We want to keep progressing the bike and with two young riders, we feel like we can try to build something around them.
“We know we need to keep improving the bike and with two young riders our thought is that they can adapt to the bike easier than an older rider that’s trying to adapt the bike into something they want.”