NEW LOOK HONDA: small livery changes revealed on CBR1000RR-R as Lecuona, Vierge outline 2024 targets

Friday, 9 February 2024 09:12 GMT

Team HRC have unveiled their new livery for 2024 with some subtle changes from last year’s machine…

Another team have taken the wraps off their 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship contender. Team HRC have shown off the new CBR1000RR-R with its mew livery, featuring some striking differences from last year. Red is the most prominent colour as it comes in HRC’s corporate colours, but there’s more blue on the bike to make it stand out on track, with the fairing featuring a couple of different shades of the colour.

Both riders discussed the 2024 season as part of the season launch. Explaining his relationship with new crew chief Tom Jojic and his goals for the season, Iker Lecuona said: “To be honest, changing crew chief is never really a problem for me. I think I’m a friendly, open person and so I’m always happy to work with new colleagues and have always had a good relationship with members of my crew. My initial impression is good, and Tom seems to be a very cool guy with a positive, cheerful outlook. So far, so good, and I look forward to developing our relationship throughout the season. The goal is to fight for the podium. We reached the podium in our first year but not last year, which was more challenging. So, our first goal is to develop the bike to a level that allows us to fight at the front and fight for the podium. We want to achieve more top three finishes, and then take it from there.”

Vierge also spoke of his objectives, saying: “Let’s say that we didn’t always live up to our potential in 2023, as performance sometimes depended on the track, the conditions, and whether there was a good level of grip or not. Our potential was great at Indonesia, for example, but perhaps less so at some other tracks, so we want to work hard to achieve a better, more consistent level of performance at different circuits.”

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