Clive Padgett continues to push the envelope at the TT, and to this end he has just dropped the bombshell that Bruce Anstey will be racing a Honda RC213V-S in this year’s Superbike and Senior races.
The bike, which Honda built as a road-legal version of Marc Marquez’s MotoGP bike, will be part of the Valvoline Racing by Padgett’s Motorcycles Team, and takes advantage of the Isle of Man TT’s looser homologation rules.
Straight out of the crate the Honda RC213V-S boasts 210bhp with the sport kit installed, and weighs just 177kg.
The Padgetts Honda squad has a wealth of experience on the roads, and even though the team has made some modifications for road racing, nobody is sure how the bike will hold up on the rugged mountain course. One thing is for sure though, if anyone can make the RC213V-S work, it is Padgetts.
Clive Padgett said: “It has been a very difficult project to pull together. We have had to beef the bike up for the TT course and we can’t get anything off the shelf so everything has had to be made bespoke. Things like the wheels, the K-Tech forks, the rear shocks, the brakes and the radiator guards have all had to be specially made.”
Pilot Bruce Anstey said: “The RCV should be an absolute weapon because it has loads of power but it feels as nimble as a 600. It should be stable too as it’s over two inches longer than a Fireblade but is still really small and compact. I am really looking forward to seeing how it handles through the quick corners because it will be able to turn so fast.
“It has always been a dream of mine to ride a MotoGP bike at the TT and this is as close as I will ever get. Clive is the only person in the world who could put something like this together and if he says it is OK I am with him 100%. He hasn’t just pulled it out of the crate and said we are racing it. Clive and the team have done a lot of work to the bike to make it ready for the TT.”
So a RC213V-S and a Suter 500 two-stroke will be competing in the same race. It should be one to remember.