Honda team withdraw from BSB

No official Honda BSB team, but several guest riders will make 'wild card' appearances

HONDA have confirmed they have withdrawn from the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship as a new title sponsor was unable to be found. 

Due to title sponsor Samsung Mobile not renewing their contract with Honda and reigning BSB Champion Alex Lowes moving up to the world stage, the team will now use 2014 as a development year for both domestic and world championships with the hope of returning to BSB full-time in 2015. 

Although the official Honda team will not feature in BSB next season, it is thought several guest riders will make 'wild card' appearances throughout the season as the team will continue the development of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. 

Head of Motorcyles, Honda (UK) Nick Campolucci said: "This is not a decision we have taken lightly and it was not our preferred option but we feel that given the cumulative circumstances, it is the best course of action for us at this time. Honda goes racing to win.

"Unless we have the right elements in place to achieve the success on track we know we are capable of, our preferred option is to re-evaluate and re-structure for a stronger and more aligned effort. The British Superbike Championship is very important to Honda UK and we plan a full return to the series in 2015."

Honda plan to keep most of the team's technical staff who will be transferred to the Endurance World Championship race team as Honda increase their efforts for further success in world events in support of its racing projects in MotoGP, World Superbikes and the roads events including the Isle of Man TT and North West 200. 

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