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Honda unveils its new Fireblade

Honda reveals the bike that will form the basis for its 2012 World Superbike Championship challenge.
Honda has taken the wraps off the 2012 edition of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, the machine it will run in the World Superbike Championship and the World Endurance Championship next season.

In a specially co-ordinated launch, Honda's top WSBK rider Jonathan Rea and Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness unveiled the bike at the same time from their respective Imola and Le Mans locations.

Representing the 20th anniversary of the Fireblade, Honda has high hopes that the machine will continue its rich success on the race track having lost some ground to more modern rivals in recent years.

Indeed, Rea, who recently re-signed with Honda for another season, is encouraged by the new model and is looking forward to racing it in 2012.

“This is a stunning-looking new Fireblade,” said Rea, who is debuting Honda's ride-by-wire system this weekend in preparation for 2012. “But it's not just cosmetic changes on this model – there's some clever new technology on the bike, too.

“I'm looking forward to these final three rounds of this year's World Superbike championship, but I can't wait to begin testing for next year on the new machine.”

The CBR1000RR nameplate has enjoyed good success on the WSBK scene since it first made its debut in 2004, winning at least one race every year since with a total of 34 victories. However, though the bike helped James Toseland to the riders' title in 2007, it is yet to deliver Honda a manufacturer's crown.



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Sump Rat

September 24, 2011 10:43 PM

Looks like it could be a good thing. Very good on the road. The ride-by-wire throttle system has made a difference already this weekend in WSBK. LanceTheHooliganAlbon I agree and if the new Ducati specs you mention are correct Don Carlos will be hard to beat next year....... But " 195hp weighing in at 176kg wet " seems like it might be a little optimistic. Would that be 195 hp at the rear wheel or at the gearbox or maybe measured at the brochure. 176 Kilograms seems extremely light for a road Duck straight out of the shop. As a Ducati nut I would love it to be true. Of corse the price will be even more unbelievable! Go 86



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