August 13 2009.

Honda (UK) Motorcycles has won top honours with the Fast Bikes' Sportsbike of the Year Award for the second successive year, with its CBR1000RR Fireblade, despite stiff competition from several newcomers to the supersport sector.

The award, which is now in its eighth year, gave ten machines a thorough testing, which took in 3000 miles on both road and track work. All machines were exhaustively put through their paces for three days on the roads of North Wales before a hard session on track at the Anglesey circuit. After one of the most complete tests ever, one bike emerged victorious; Honda's CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Richard Newland, Fast Bikes' editor said, "Honda's phenomenal Fireblade retains its 2008 title in virtually unchanged form, an incredible achievement in the face of stunning competition from the new Yamaha YZF-R1 and Suzuki's GSX-R1000 in the litre class alone. It underlines what a devastatingly capable bike Honda has built."

Since its introduction last year, the latest generation CBR1000RR Fireblade has come top in RiDE Magazine's RiDER Power survey and taken the 2008 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 title in almost standard trim, as well as winning a host of other awards.