The Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP2 might just be the key to win some WorldSBK races
Honda has been facing a tough time in WorldSBK and other superbike series around the world. Even with the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, the Japan manufacturer's last podium finish was back in August 2020 when Alvaro Bautista finished the Aragon round in third place.
Honda's last race win was actually in 2016 when the late Nicky Hayden won the final WorldSBK race in Sepang. It's been a tough pill to swallow considering that Honda has won six WorldSBK rider's championship titles (the last one was way back in 2007 with James Toseland).
Even with this long and winless drought, Honda is not willing to give up on their race efforts, which is why we've been hearing a lot more rumours of a possible Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP2, a more track-focused superbike that'll hopefully bring the fight against the other Superbike front runners. So, a 'homologation special' model is possibly what the doctor has ordered over at Honda.
Here in Malaysia, interested parties can get their very own 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP priced at RM198,800 (excluding insurance, road tax & registration). This package in itself offers 215hp and 113Nm of torque, which has proven itself to be one of the fastest superbikes to date, but it has yet to prove itself on the track.
So, the Fireblade SP2 might maintain this firepower and focus more on improving the bike's chassis, electronics, and overall balance to make the superbike more manageable in the circuit. Now, they just have to find the right riders to pilot the bike onto the podium for the 2022 season.