BSB: Honda Announce A Four-Rider Team For Their 2022 Season Campaign.

Published on November 17, 2021
By Dawn Hammersley

Honda’s Current Superstock Champion Tom Neave Joins Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno And Takumi Takahashi For The 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Season.

Honda have made the announcement that they will run a four-bike team for their 2022 season Championship Title hunt. All-three of their 2021 season riders remain in the team, with a new addition joining the team, Honda’s current Superstock Champion Tom Neave.

With the Louth-based Honda Racing Team running a four rider squad it shows just how committed Honda are to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Honda relish the opportunity to nurture young riders and with their Honda Challenge Programme. The programme is designed to help and support racers competing in national championships worldwide and to help them take further steps in their racing careers.

Havier Beltran – Team Manager Honda Racing

“I’m really pleased to see Tom move up the ranks into BSB for the 2022 season, it’s been a pleasure working with him in the Superstock class where we’ve watched him grow from his debut with the team, through to becoming the 2021 champion. It’s always great when you can support and nurture young talent into the next step of their career and it’s going to be an exciting season for him.
“I’m pleased Glenn is continuing with us. We know he has the pace to fight at the front, which he has shown in the last two seasons with the team, it’s just been bad luck that has hampered his progress as well as injury this season, but I am confident a fit Glenn Irwin can be a contender for the title. I’m also delighted to have Ryo and Takumi back with us for next year, they played a vital role for the team this season testing and developing new components and now with more track knowledge, I think we’ll see them further up the grid and fighting for the top-ten.

Glenn Irwin – Honda Racing Team

“I’m delighted to sign again with Honda Racing UK for the third consecutive season; I think we’ve had two years of a good foundation and an excellent debut with the Fireblade SP, and despite lots of little challenges we have learnt a lot about the bike. I expect good things and especially with the development from this season, what I want and what the team want is to step up and to fight more with the top runners on a consistent basis.
“Having Ryo and Takumi staying with the team is good and I enjoyed working with them this season and the input they had, at times they were starting to show more pace which will only help the team moving forward. Tom stepping up is fantastic and a teammate I’ve been wanting, he’s young, he’s hungry, very dedicated and will certainly keep me on my toes! It does no harm to have a teammate like that.
“I think 2022 can be a good season, I’ve been under the knife recently for my shoulder getting that fixed and I am looking forward to going into a new season clear of injury and I am looking forward to going testing.”

Ryo Mizuno – Honda Racing Team

“I’m glad to continue racing with the Honda Racing UK team in 2022. I’ll be aiming to keep on fighting and evolving with the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP each race to aim for better and better results. I’d like to thank my family, friends, and personal sponsors for supporting my racing activities.”

Takumi Takahashi – Honda Racing Team

“I’ll participate the British Superbike Championship in 2022. In 2021, most of the circuits were new for me and because of my injury, I was frustrated by the results. I’ve already started preparations for 2022 season to get a good result. My first target is the podium, but I’ll do my best for the victory.”

Lincolnshire rider Tom Neave is very motivated and can’t wait to get testing on the Superbike, it’s always been his aim to graduate up-to the Superbike Class and he couldn’t be more happier than how he is feeling at the moment.

Tom Neave – Honda Racing Team

“I have never been so motivated to make it happen and can’t wait to figure it all out and just get testing on the Superbike now, it’s finally become a reality and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to Honda Racing UK, Harv, Neil and everyone who has stood by, believed and worked with me to make this happen – 2022 I can’t wait!”

Featured Images: Bennetts British Superbikes, Tom Neave Racing.


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