Takumi Takahashi will link up with the Honda Mie Racing Team for the 2020 World Superbike championship.
Following the launch of the new Honda CBR1000RR-R SP alongside the refreshed factory Honda World Superbike squad, with Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam forming its rider line-up for 2020, Takahashi is set to make the full-time move to WorldSBK with the Honda Mie Racing squad.
After a number of intermittent outings for Honda in WorldSBK, the 2017 All-Japan Road Racing Superbike champion bags his debut full-time campaign at international level. Earlier this season Takahashi filled in for the injured Leon Camier at Portimao and secured a points finish in 15th place for Moriwaki Althea Honda Team.
The Honda Mie Racing Team will run a two-rider squad in 2020 with its second rider set to be announced in the coming weeks. Ryuichi Kiyonari remains a front-runner for the spot having returned to full-time World Superbike action this year with the Moriwaki Althea Honda team.
The 2020 World Superbike championship begins at Phillip Island on February 28-1 March.
2020 World Superbike Championship grid so far:
Kawasaki Racing Team:
Aruba.it Racing Ducati:
Michael van der Mark
Ten Kate Yamaha:
Team Go Eleven Ducati:
Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Honda MIE Racing Team: