New Blade is not yet cut­ting edge

Honda had it all planned out. 1. Bring out rip-snort­ing new Fire­blade. 2. Win WSB with Nicky Hay­den or new­boy Michael van der Mark. 3. Win BSB af­ter end­ing sea­son Show­down strongly. 4. Win a few TTS with John Mcguinness and/or Guy Martin. 5. Twin­kle­toe it

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on Honda’s tick­list.

But maybe, just maybe those two ticks carry the most weight. Bring­ing a ground-up new bike out that changes the way the world thinks about the Blade and win­ning road tests against your show­room ri­vals (MCN’S su­per­bike shootout was one of those tests) is, ar­guably, what will sell you bikes. Van der Mark win­ning in WSB, not so much.

And the Martin-mcguinness dou­ble act will sell you bikes, whether ei­ther wins a TT or not. So, maybe Honda aren’t so ticked off af­ter all.

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