More than four months since the opening round of the 2020 Superbike World Championship, the MIE Racing Althea Honda Team is ready to return to racing this coming weekend and compete in round two of the series at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain.
Taking part in his first full WorldSBK championship this season, Japanese rider Takumi Takahashi completed a two-day test session at Motorland Aragón two weeks ago, a test that served to bring both rider and team back ‘up to speed’ following the enforced break owing to Covid-19. Although not present at the test, Italian rider Lorenzo Gabellini joins the squad as of this coming weekend and will flank Takahashi for the rest of the season, having replaced Jordi Torres (unavailable due to other racing commitments).
The CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP marks the start of a new project and, as such, it will take time for the restructured squad and its rookie riders Takahashi and Gabellini to get to grips with what is a totally new package as they compete at tracks that are, in many cases, unknown to both riders.
The MIE Racing Althea Honda Team will be on track at 10.30am on Friday, ready for the weekend’s first free practice session.