Honda Becomes the Official Motorcycle Partner of the Isle of Man TT

A Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in TT livery 1 photo
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Honda and the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy are two brands that are hard to separate, at least when talking about the last decades, and their partnership has just grown stronger this year.
The Japanese manufacturer is the new motorcycle partner of the legendary road racing event, adding a new dimension to the history of this collaboration that goes more than half a century back in time.

Honda will supply the 2016 TT with a fleet of CBR100RR Fireblade motorbikes that will be used by the traveling marshals in qualifying and during the actual racing part of the event.

The house of Tokyo tied its name to the TT back in 1954 when Soichiro Honda himself announced that the company intended to take part in the Isle of Man competition. Five years later, the first Honda machine lined up at the start of a race around the Snaefell Mountain, and three seasons later, Honda was enjoying their first victory in the Manx Island.

Even though the names of Joey Dunlop and John McGuinness are probably the best-known around the Mountain Course, Honda's presence in the TT is a legend itself. The Japanese maker is the most successful OEM to race in the Isle of Man, counting no less than 250 victories across all classes. The last one added to the roster belongs to Mr. Pint, who won his 23rd race around Snaefell last year in the main race, the PokerStars Senior TT.

A brief history of TT marshals

Marshals became a regular part of the TT in 1935, and their corps grew and better trained over the years. Positioned along the Mountain Course close to the critical sections, the marshals' job is to provide quick responses to the various incidents.

Also, the TT marshals are responsible for course inspection, spotting visible problems in the motorcycles, reviewing and reporting track incidents. Also, each marshal bike carries around medical equipment for first-aid intervention when needed.

Alongside the marshals, among those who are devoted to making road racing events such as the TT safer, we must also remember the name of John Hinds, the Flying Doctor, who was killed in a crash while tending to his duties on July 4, 2015. An unrelenting advocate of the Air Ambulance service in Northern Ireland, Hinds and his legacy will always be remembered thanks to the Delta 7 (Dr. Hinds call sign) helicopter that will start operating in the country soon.

Fancy a Honda Fireblade in TT livery, by the way?
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