John McGuinness and Scott Redding to debut Honda’s road-legal MotoGP bike at Goodwood
Honda’s latest and most exciting production motorcycle, the RC213V-S will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next weekend (25-28 June) at the hands of three familiar Honda riders.
In amongst the array of great machinery and great riders, all being well Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding will fly straight in from Round 8 of the MotoGP World Championship at Assen in the Netherlands to take over the Honda RC213V-S and no doubt put on a bit of a show. As is traditional the race takes place on Saturday leaving Redding available to get to Goodwood in time to join the largest ever collection of motorcycles seen at the Festival of Speed in its history.
The third Honda representative is reigning World Supebike Champion Sylvain Guintoli. The 32-year old riding an Aprilia RSV4 finished on the top two steps of the podium in the final 8 consecutive races of the 2014 season to overhaul Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes and take the title at the last race in Qatar. This season is not going quite as well since his move to Pata Honda. Ahead of this weekend’s round at Misano, Guintoli sits 6th in the title race.
He is the first world champion to switch manufacturer after winning the title since Carl Fogarty moved from Ducati to Honda having secured the 1995 championship.
The RC213V-S was launched in Cataluna last week by two-times MotoGP Wold Champion Marc Marquez, his team mate Dani Pedrosa, their boss Shuhei Nakamoto. Only 250 will be built, one per day in a special part of the Honda factory in Japan, and customers need to apply to purchase one via a special website launching in July. The standard bike has a price tag of €188,000 with a €12,000 track upgrade taking the power up to 212bhp. It uses 90% of Marquez’s RC213V’s components. For full details of the road bike, click here.
Speaking of the race version, two-times MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will ride an HRC-liveried RC213V at Goodwood too. Only last week immediately after the Cataluna GP Stoner completed a one-lap demonstration of the RC213V-S, the bikes first official outing in Europe.
He’ll be joined on the start-line by approximately 70 other two-wheeled machines split into three classes; Classic Racing Motorcycles, 60 Years of Yamaha and Modern Racing Motorcycles. The bikes will be ridden by some very special names too including Valentino Rossi, Giacomo Agostini, Greg Hancock, Dougie Lampkin, John Surtees, Freddie Spencer and Kenny Roberts. We’ll have the full line-up coming soon.
Are you heading to Goodwood Festival of Speed this year? There are tickets still available for Thursday and Friday but the weekend is sold out.