British Superbike

Tom Neave to make British Superbike Debut with Honda Racing

2 Mins read
Tom Neave to make BSB Debut at Thruxton
Tom Neave will make his BSB debut for the Honda Racing team at Thruxton (Credit: Honda Racing)

Tom Neave will make his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut this weekend at Thruxton, replacing the injured Dan Linfoot in the Honda Racing team.

The 23-year-old, from Market Rasen, has impressed in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship this year, picking up two podiums since joining the series at Snetterton. Neave missed the opening three rounds of the series through injury.

He now moves up into the premier class for Honda, replacing Linfoot who is out with a broken left scaphoid. As well as Thruxton, Neave will also compete at Cadwell Park for the team.

Speaking ahead of his debut this weekend, Neave admitted that this is a dream come true. He said:

“It’s a bit of a dream come true really and I keep pinching myself to make sure it is really happening and that I did get the call from Harv! I’d had a mixed weekend at Brands, then on the Monday the phone rang and it was Havier and it was literally the best day of my life! I have dreamt of this since I started racing and to have this opportunity and experience is something else. Honda Racing is one of the teams you aspire to and look up to and I am so privileged to get this opportunity.

“I have had two days riding the Fireblade, which was great fun, although we had a lot of traffic on track so I wasn’t fully able to spread its wings and get a real feel for it. So I am looking forward to Friday in first practice to get that feeling. The team have all been so nice and welcoming and I already feel like I have been there years, the first day was a little like new school day, but instantly everyone made me feel welcome. I can’t wait to get going this weekend and thank you so much to Havier, Honda Racing and to Honda UK for this opportunity.”

Neave, who finished fifth in the National Superstock 600 Championship last year, impressed team boss Havier Beltran during a couple of tests at Cadwell Park last week.

Beltran commented:

“Of course we’ll miss Dan this weekend and we all wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him back soon, but it’s great to welcome Tom to the team. We’ve had two tests with him at Cadwell last week and this week and he’s impressed me so far.

“We’ve struggled a little with traffic on track, so he’s not been able to really push, but I think he’s going to get on well this weekend and it’s great to be able to give a young potential future star the opportunity to ride in the Superbike class. Thanks to Mark at No Limits for the track time and to the manager of Cadwell Park, Paul Woodford for being so accommodating.”

Avatar photo
590 posts

About author
Josh is a Sports Journalism graduate and has been a member of the TCF team since 2015. Between 2015 and 2018, Josh focused primarily on British Superbikes and Road Racing events such as the Isle of Man TT. At the beginning of the 2019 season he became the MotoGP Reporter.
Related posts
British SuperbikeDakarRoad Racing

Isle of Man TT winner James Hillier set for Dakar Rally debut in 2023 Malle Moto

2 Mins read
After a delay, James Hillier will make his first Dakar Rally start in 2023. Riding in the Malle Moto class, he will be the first Isle of Man TT winner to challenge Dakar.
British Superbike

Exclusive interview with Ben Luxton

3 Mins read
Getting to know one of the UK’s rising talents. Here’s an exclusive interview with British Superstock 600 rider Ben Luxton
British SuperbikeRoad Racing

Honda Racing confirm their 2020 British Superbike plans

1 Mins read
Honda Racing have announced their British Superbike and Superstock plans, along with their road racing plans for the 2020 season.