Leon Haslam helps to launch Honda’s 2014 range

Leon Haslam and his Honda Racing colleagues on stage in Milan.

BRITISH rider Leon Haslam was one of the stars rolled out by Honda when they presented the 2014 range of motorcycles in Milan.
The Pata Honda World Superbike rider appeared alongside some of Honda’s biggest racing stars.
The 30-year-old ace joined John McGuinness, Toni Bou and Paulo Gonçalves in the northern Italian city on Monday night to ride the new models on to the stage in front of the world’s motorcycle media.
They were joined by three of Honda’s racing stars of the future, European Junior Cup winner Jake Lewis, Honda 150 European champion Filippo Grigoletto and European Junior Cup rider Sabrina Paiuta.
Honda’s 2014 line-up includes six new models, with two 650cc machines featuring a new inline four-cyclinder engine, the new CTX1300 cruiser and the next evolution of the NC series.
The range also features new directions for Honda’s VFR800F and the CBR1000RR Fireblade which spearheads Honda’s racing activities in World Superbike, the Isle of Man TT and World Endurance, including the famous Suzuka 8-Hour race in Japan.
John McGuinness, 20-time TT winner, rode an updated CBR1000RR Fireblade on to the Milan stage, while Haslam, who won this year’s Suzuka 8-Hour race, brought on the new CBR1000RR Fireblade SP featuring Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes.
A video of Monday evening’s presentation is now available for viewing by clicking on the link below: