BSB: Honda Sign Japanese Rider Takumi Takahashi For Their 2021 Season Campaign.

Published on March 30, 2021
By Dawn Hammersley

Honda Racing UK Have Signed A Third Rider For Their Championship Hunt.

Honda Racing UK have announced a third rider will be joining Glenn Irwin and Ryo Mizuno for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike season. Takahashi is the second rookie to join the Honda Racing Uk team this season, but he is very familiar to Honda machinery. In 2020 he raced in the World Superbike Championship; with a best race result of 14th. He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2010 with Ryuichi Kiyonari. He also had great success in 2013 and 2014 in the Suzuka 8 Hours riding with Michael Van der Mark and Britain’s Leon Haslem. He is a multi-time champion in the All Japan Road Race Championships too. It’s fair to say he will bring a wealth of racing knowledge with him to the Honda Racing UK Team.

Takumi Takahashi – Honda Racing UK

I’m happy to announce that in the 2021 season, I will participate in the British Superbike Championship with Honda Racing UK. British Superbike runs on circuits I’ve never raced, so I’m looking forward to it from now on. In the past, Ryuichi Kiyonari has won the championship, so I will do my best to be able to achieve good results.

Honda Racing UK Team manager Havier Beltran is excited for what the 2021 season will bring for Honda with having a strong line-up of three riders. He believes bringing Takumi into the team will be of great benefit to Glenn and Ryo.

Havier Beltran – Honda Racing UK Team Manager

It’s been a busy few months organising Takumi’s move, but I know we’re all looking forward to getting out for pre-season testing and of course racing at Oulton Park for the first round. The guys in the workshop are working hard behind the scenes on the Fireblades and we have a lot of things to test which have been developed over the winter. So, it’s all systems go and we’re looking forward to the season when we can go racing.

Bennetts British Superbike Series Director Stuart Higgs thinks adding a third rider to the Honda Racing Uk Team is great! Especially with the pedigree that Takumi brings with him.

Stuart Higgs – Bennetts British Superbike Series Director

This is an exceptional level of focus being placed on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship by Honda. The first race event may still be just under three months away, but the anticipation of a hugely exciting season is immense.

Featured Images: Speedweek, (credits to original Photographers).


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