Honda Racing has announced an unchanged rider line-up for the 2016 MCE British Superbike championship, retaining Dan Linfoot, Jason O'Halloran and Jenny Tinmouth for a second consecutive three-rider squad.
After a productive return for the factory Honda squad in BSB in 2015, Havier Beltran's squad is set to consolidate its position in the championship next year after Linfoot claimed a place in this year's Showdown. O'Halloran's season was cruelly cut short by a broken leg after grabbing podiums results in the opening rounds, as Tinmouth also enjoyed a productive season by breaking lap records at every round in 2015.
Nick Campolucci, head of motorcycles at Honda UK, says the team's initial return to BSB proved to be a testing one but is confident of building on the solid foundations set this year.
“We're pleased to have re-signed all three riders for the 2016 season and feel it's important that we have done this to show our commitment and faith in all three,” Campolucci said. “It hasn't been an easy return for us coming back into the championship after a year out with Dan getting injured early on, but his return and strength after missing some rounds to secure a place in the Showdown and finish fifth overall showed everyone what he's capable of with the CBR.
“Also for Jason it was a huge blow for him and the team after such a promising start, and having to miss the rest of the season due to his injuries from Thruxton. We know what Jason is capable of and can't wait to see him back on the Fireblade next year, stronger and more determined than before.
“Jenny had a season building on the CBR and did impress with her determination, it's not been an easy year for her, but we know that she is fast and with a few little tweaks and work over the winter, we have faith that she can come back and fight for top-20 finishes. We're very positive about the 2016 season and can't wait to get going to see what the year brings.”
All three riders echoed the sentiments and now want to repay the faith shown in them by Honda, with both Linfoot and O'Halloran setting sights on the Showdown as Tinmouth is looking for gradual improvements to move up the BSB ranks.
“I'm very happy to be back in the Honda family for 2016 after a successful season - although it did have its highs and lows - we finished fifth and that's something to build on and come into the new season fighting,” Linfoot explained. “It's been fantastic working with the crew this year and to re-sign with a team for a second year is something I have been working towards for a while, it will be great to start the next season where we left off. If we can start consistent and stay injury free then I feel we could really challenge for the title and do the Fireblade some justice.”