Linfoot and O'Halloran join Honda for BSB 2015

Honda set to make a full-time return to the British Superbike Championship in 2015

IT HAS been announced that Honda (UK) will return to the British Superbike Championship in 2015 with Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran.

After Alex Lowes won the 2013 British Superbike Championship with Honda, the firm decided it would not compete full-time in 2014 and instead would use the time for development of the CBR1000RR Fireblade.

During the development throughout 2014, O’Halloran has been involved in various private testing sessions on-board the Fireblade. Julien Da Costa also competed in four British Superbike races as a wildcard for Honda Racing.

Thanks to a positive year of development, Honda Racing is back with a new rider line-up with Linfoot, the only rider to score points in all 26 races in 2014, and Australian O’Halloran, who is moving up from Superstock 1000.

Linfoot said: 'I am really excited about joining Honda because it is a team that I have looked up to since I started racing and they have had a lot of success in the Championship.'

After finishing fifth in the Championship standings this year, Linfoot explained: 'In 2014 my goal was always to make the Showdown and be consistent and now I need to step that up again and set my sights even higher - to start winning races and be fighting for the podium at every round. I see this as a big opportunity and I need to grab that with both hands and do the best possible job I can in 2015.'

O’Halloran, 26, said: 'It feels really good to be moving into the Superbike Championship as that has been my aim since joining Honda in 2011.

'I have never started a season before with so much experience of the bike already; we have been developing the Honda at tests during this season, which means I have essentially already got knowledge of the bike from testing.

'I think I can make the transition from the start and there is no reason why we can't have strong, consistent results from the beginning of the year. It is a hard class but if I can step up another level then there is no reason why we shouldn't be targeting podiums during the season.'

Nick Campolucci, Head of Motorcycles at Honda (UK), said the decision to take a year out from the British Superbike Championship 'was not taken lightly'.

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