Nathan Harrison joins Honda Racing UK for the North West 200
Nathan Harrison will be part of the Honda Racing UK on a CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to compete the 2023 North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, alongside team-mate John McGuinness.
26-year-old Harrison, replaces Glenn Irwin within the Louth based mostly squad, and isn’t any stranger to the north coast races the place he claimed two high ten finishes eventually yr’s occasion on Quayside Hondas, posting a tenth place outcome within the Anchor Bar Superbike race and seventh within the CP Rent Superstock occasion.
“To race alongside John and to trip within the Honda Racing UK crew has at all times been a dream of mine. Coming from a Manx household that has at all times been concerned in motorcycling, the TT has at all times been in my blood. Watching the TT as a baby with John & Honda dominating, it made me need to be the subsequent ‘John McGuinness’ and that was my full focus. I can’t thank Havier & Honda Racing UK sufficient for the chance. It’s solely my second ever TT, so to be going into it on an incredible bike, with the perfect teammate I might ask for, shall be an unbelievable expertise. Hopefully, the long-term plan of the place John can train me issues I’ll not know, studying from the crew with the expertise they’ve on the Fireblade after which my very own development, we are able to make small steps on final yr to hopefully get me to that high step within the years to come back. I’d prefer to take this chance to thank my Mum and Dad for all their help and sacrifice over time, my sponsors and supporters for sticking by me and serving to me to get to this place the place I’ve been given the improbable alternative.”
Returning to trip for the producer, with whom he has amassed 16 of his 23 complete TT wins, highway racing royalty John McGuinness MBE will line up once more in Honda Racing colors aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Becoming a member of him for the 2023 marketing campaign shall be Manxman Nathan Harrison, a rising star of the roads.
As probably the most profitable producer to have raced on the TT, Honda is thrilled to proceed its relationship with the ‘Morecambe Missile’ after their history-making yr collectively in 2022 noticed Honda have fun the thirtieth anniversary of the Fireblade, while John recorded his a hundredth TT begin. The 2 mixed are a confirmed profitable mixture and are actually set to proceed writing historical past collectively for one more yr.
“Using a Fireblade once more on the TT final yr was one thing particular so it solely felt proper to proceed for one more yr. I couldn’t really feel extra at residence with the Honda crew so I must say an enormous thanks to Harv and Neil. Celebrating 100 TT begins with the crew and driving with that one-off livery and all the historical past that we’ve got was actually one thing else. We additionally managed to crack the highest 5 final yr on the superbike, which was nice, however I’m hungry for extra. I simply need to get began now and go racing once more!”
The transfer sees the Honda Racing UK crew as soon as once more reaffirms its dedication to the Worldwide Street Racing programme, competing the NW200 and Isle of Man TT in each the Superstock and Superbike courses throughout this yr’s season.
Havier Beltran – Race Group Supervisor
“I’m extraordinarily happy that we’ve got been in a position to retain John’s companies for one more yr of racing on the roads on the NW200 and TT the place we’ve got such a powerful historical past at each occasions. Welcoming him again into the fold in 2022 was improbable and to witness John celebrating 100 TT begins and be part of that historical past was good for everybody concerned. Persevering with that relationship for one more season and constructing on final yr reveals Honda’s dedication to worldwide Street Racing. It additionally offers me nice pleasure to welcome Nathan to the crew. He had a exceptional breakthrough yr in 2022 and has impressed me with the perspective that he has towards his racing. Will probably be nice for him to study from John and utilise all of his expertise and experience to construct step-by-step. I’m excited to see what we are able to all obtain collectively in 2023.”