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Honda looks to make its mark in 2020 as Irwin brothers lead the charge

 

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin
Fast land: Honda’s Andrew Irwin

By Roy Harris

Honda Racing has announced a formidable rider line-up as they prepare for a fresh 2020 campaign in British Superbike and Superstock championships and on the roads at the International North West 200 and Isle of Man TT with the Irwin brothers from Carrickfergus playing major roles - Glenn in BSB and roads including a debut at the Isle of Man TT while Andrew and Glenn lead Honda's attack on the BSB championship.

Onboard the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Glenn and Davey Todd spearhead the roads campaign, both no strangers to the North West, Irwin having been a revelation winning the last four Superbike races at the popular North Coast event and Todd winning the weather blighted second Supersport race in May, his first win at the Triangle in only his second full season on the roads.

Mervyn Whyte, Event director for the North West 200, said: "Honda have long supported the North West and we are delighted to have them back with us for 2020, the first appearance of the exciting new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade on the roads. It's terrific to see Glenn and Davey in Honda's all-new rider line-up, both winners back in May. This news is a major boost for the North West 200."

Turning to British Superbikes and after a turbulent 2019 with firstly Quattro Plant Kawasaki and then Tyco BMW Glenn has joined his younger brother Andrew in Honda's assault on the 2020 championship.

Glenn finished third in the 2018 BSB championship and won his first race during the final round at Brands Hatch on the PBM Ducati, however 2019, having switched to Kawasaki, was a disaster, never troubling the podiums, he parted company with the team and joined Tyco BMW as stand-in for the injured Keith Farmer, but again things didn't work out and he finished the season with no ride in the championship.

Andrew meanwhile, will be looking to continue his good form with Honda after a successful first full-year in BSB developing round-by-round securing his first win at Thruxton, ending the year in eighth position.

Glenn said: "I am really excited to join Honda. I got a taste for the team at the end of the 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 like a dream come true. On the TT there are no expectations whatsoever.

"We're not going to win in year one, the place needs a lot of respect and time and that's what we'll give it.

"I'll prepare the best I can for the most professional and safe job I can do in my first year."

Having served his road race apprenticeship in John Burrows team on the Irish roads, 24-year old Davey Todd is the second fastest TT newcomer in the history of the event and won the 2019 European International Road Race Championship. As well as his roads campaign with Honda in 2020.

He will also contest the British Superstock 1000cc championship alongside Tom Neave

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