2012 World Superbike

The Honda World Superbike team is primed for the 2012 World SBK Championship, which gets underway this weekend at Phillip Island, Australia.

This year, the team features a two-rider lineup to compete for points aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade that celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012 – Jonathan Rea and former MotoGP pilot Hiroshi Aoyama.

When the first official test of 2012 WSBK wrapped up Tuesday at Phillip Island, Rea was fourth fastest, 0.265 of a second slower than the overall leader Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati). Aoyama was 14th quickest, just over a second slower than Rea.

Attached above is a Honda World Superbike video preview of Phillip Island.