What happens if Honda doesn’t make significant updates to the CBR1000RR-R in 2021? It won’t be sitting back and doing nothing.
I would expect the marque to continue innovating, but instead of focusing on its current WSBK venture, it will apply those innovative technologies to develop the highly anticipated CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP2.
After the Fireblade’s first delivery, Honda’s WSBK team raved about the machine’s handling and power.
No wonder the company brought those same traits to the street with the production RR-R.
Unfortunately, a perfect storm of development delays and a few critical strategy mistakes have kept Honda from fulfilling its “Bladerunner” destiny.
It is an issue for fans and team sponsors alike as numerous WSBK teams begin to lose patience with that division.
The former MotoGP rider Bautista riding for HRC in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) and recently moved to Ducati had a fantastic season with Ducati.
In 2019 Bautista with Ducati had 36 races, took 24 podiums, 16 wins, four poles had 498 points and stood second.
While with HRC in 2020 had a total of 24 races took one podium, 0 wins,0 poles, and with 113th points, he stood 9th.
Further, we do see Haslam getting transferred to the British Superbike series. Which does mean we would see two new riders riding for HRC.
It’s been a little while since we last heard a peep from a Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP2.
But rumour has it that the Japanese manufacturer is preparing to launch a hot-rod variant of their flagship superbike for the 2022 season, which will likely mean one thing: b-r-r-r-racing for everyone.
It’s common knowledge that the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade has fallen behind the crop of competition in recent years.
It was one of the dominant motorcycles in its time, but international competitors have leapfrogged both Honda and WSBK class. So what happens to a motorcycle when it feels its time is up?
Will Honda bring the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP2, or will we see an upgraded CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP2, which will lose few pounds and gets some new alloy wheels.
That’s a question that Honda may need to answer.