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Dave Han­cock Fireblade test rider

“In 1989, I walked into the garage at the Suzuka cir­cuit and there was a Ja­panese man sit­ting on a petrol drum smoking a cig­a­rette. That was the first time I met Tadao Baba. He said, ‘Gen­tle­men, to­day you are go­ing to ride a bike that will change the face of su­per­sports’.”

Tadao Baba De­signer of the Fireblade

“Some of the de­sign­ers called me ‘Ho­toke no Baba’ or ‘Bud­dha Baba’ in English. I think it is fair to say I was very stub­born when it came to the Fireblade’s weight. Some­times you have to show some­one your lead­er­ship through be­ing calm, but I did also get an­gry...”

James Tose­land WSB champ on a Blade

“I loved rid­ing the Fireblade. When you won a race you knew you had worked for it, as the lack of elec­tron­ics in 2006 meant you had to wres­tle it in and out of cor­ners – it was like rid­ing a run­away bull! Once we had the elec­tron­ics sorted in 2007 it was much eas­ier, and al­lowed us to win the ti­tle.”

John Mcguin­ness 23-times TT win­ner

“Ev­ery time I ride my Fireblade I’m re­minded what a good pack­age it is, it’s hon­estly one of the best bikes I’ve ever rid­den.”

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