Akrapovič and Honda Join Forces for Assault on World Superbike
Akrapovič is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Honda World Superbike team that will see the Slovenian premium performance exhaust specialist become an official sponsor and technical partner for the Japanese marque’s 2017 team.
Akrapovič has been busy during the off-season designing and developing the new bespoke high-performance exhaust systems that will adorn the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 racing bikes of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl throughout the 2017 season. Working in unison with Honda’s skilled engineers, Akrapovič has drawn on its own wealth of over 20 years’ of experience in top-level racing, which has racked up 108 world championship titles for the Slovenian exhaust systems specialist, to produce a new system for the racing bike. Utilising all the skills, innovations, and premium materials at its disposal, Akrapovič has created an exhaust system that is ready for pre-season testing, which will begin at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on Tuesday, 24th January, where Hayden and Bradl will get the first taste of their new Akrapovič-equipped Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades during a two-day test.
This new partnership rekindles a highly successful relationship that produced two World Superbike titles when the WorldSBK Honda team won the championship in 2000 and 2002, with Colin Edwards racing to success. The 2000 title was the first world championship title for Akrapovič, and this latest collaboration makes the return of the partnership very special, and one that all involved hope will be as successful as it was the first time around.
The all-new exhaust system is tailor-made for the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and uses special lightweight titanium alloys precisely configured to improve the performance of the bike and give it a competitive edge. Akrapovič has used its expertise to provide exhaust system solutions for Honda that will be the start of an ongoing and prolific technical partnership that will see the Japanese company benefit from the development and production abilities at Akrapovič’s in-house, state-of-the-art facilities in Slovenia.
Akrapovič will first take to the track with Hayden and Bradl’s Hondas in a test livery at Jerez later this month, followed by another official test in February. The season gets underway at Phillip Island in Australia in late February, when Akrapovič and Honda will begin their World Superbike attack at the first two races of the season, ahead of 24 other events from 12 different circuits around the globe.