Usurping 2022 winners Kawasaki, Honda are the 2023 TT manufacturers Champions.
TT first timers in 1959, the Japanese two-wheel racing giant, remains firmly the most successful marque in the events’ history.
Following testing times during the late 2010’s, the latest generation Fireblade has revived Honda’s big bike fortunes on Manx shores.
This month, Hawk Racing’s Michael Dunlop gave them their first Superbike race triumph since 2015 and also took the runner-up spot in both Royal London 360 Superstock races, when racing under his own teams MD Racing banner.
John McGuinness MBE became the first TT racer, exceeding fifty years of age to top the 130 mph lap mark whilst Privateers Champion Jamie Coward, David Johnson, Milenco by Padgetts Davey Todd and Conor Cummins, additionally gained highly-credible, top-end race results.
Overall, 12 top six finishes, 22 top ten finishes were claimed by Honda mounted racers during TT 2023.
Sidecars wise, Honda remains the engine of choice as showcased by history-makers, record-breakers, now 14 times TT winners Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall and fellow new 120 mph club members, FHO Racing’s Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley.
Photo credit: Mark Corlett
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou