TAG Racing switches from Yamaha power to become an official Honda Racing UK supported team for 2021 Bennetts BSB season, with the Derbyshire-based team running the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
Dan Linfoot returns for a third season with TAG Racing despite his, and the team’s, difficulties during the condensed 2020 season. Linfoot will ride a Superbike version of the Fireblade while teammate, Shaun Winfield, continues in the National Superstock 1000 championship.
Linfoot has been in and around the British Superbike paddock since 2004, he competed in the 250cc World Championship in 2007, and was with Honda Racing in the British Superbike series for four seasons from 2015 taking two wins and 12 further podiums.
The 32-year-old Yorkshireman said, “Being back on a Honda is very exciting for me, it goes without saying the new bike is very impressive, what Andy and Glenn (Irwin) did with it last season was very impressive and hopefully we can carry that on into the new season with the support from Harv (Havier Beltran) and the Honda Racing UK team.
“From the conversations I’ve had with Shaun the bike is brilliant out of the box, so I’m very confident the superbike will be even better.”
Shaun Winfield will compete in the National Superstock 1000 Championship for a second term having previously competed in the Superbike class. A shoulder injury hampered the short 2020 season but the 27-year-old did switch to a Fireblade SP for the final round at Brands Hatch. He said, “It was clear to me the potential of the bike after the final round of 2020, straight out of the box the Fireblade SP is a fantastic machine and with more testing and development time under our belts I feel we’ll be strong in 2021”
Honda Racing UK, team manager Havier Beltran, said, “It's great to have more Fireblades on the grid next year in both championships. We proved the potential of the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP this year with wins in both series, as well as finishing runner-up in the Superstock 1000 class, so to have more machines at the sharp end is always going to be good for Honda. I have known Gary a long time and it's a pleasure for Honda Racing UK to be able to support TAG Racing with their machinery and parts for the 2021 season. I look forward to seeing how they perform."