Honda knows: “If we can’t do it” / Superbike World Championship

Honda knows: “If we can’t do it” / Superbike World Championship

The 2024 World Superbike Championship is already the fifth season since factory Honda returned. Without visible progress, one is aware that doubts about abilities arise.

Honda Racing Corporation returned to the World Superbike Championship four years ago with the CBR1000RR-R and an official factory team. The third ‘R’ was meant to indicate that this is a sporty version of the Fireblade that was developed for extreme racing use.

So far, only five third places have been achieved. Alvaro Bautista (2020/21) managed three, as did current factory drivers Iker Lecuona (Assen 2022) and Xavi Vierge (Mandalika 2023).

Remarkable: Honda’s last victory came from Nicky Hayden in the wet chaos of Sepang 2016, the last win on dry land was ten years ago by Jonathan Rea at Portimao 2014!

Triple-R’s latest relationship style seems to have a little competition! “We have already made a step forward, but the opponents’ step was greater,” admitted the new Honda team manager Jose Escamez in the motosprint. “So what is certain is that we have not done enough: we must be honest with ourselves, but at the same time I am sure that we will get where we want to be. We should at least be close to the decisive positions and not always finish twelve seconds behind the winner – being six to eight seconds behind will be the first result.

Escamez knows: Given the continued lack of success in MotoGP and the World Superbike Championship, the reputation of the once-glorious Honda Racing Organization is collapsing. “Four years have already passed since the start of the new project. So it seems that we cannot do better – but we will succeed,” the successor of Leon Camier is convinced. “What motivates me is the changed approach at Honda; the speed of response has increased. So I am sure that all projects can benefit from it. By the end of the season we will be further ahead and raise the level for next year.”