WSBK » Rea hoping for less chatter, more action

Chatter problems and two accidents leave Jonathan Rea with just a best of eighth in the USA.

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June 02, 2010 11:17 AM
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As good a rider as Johnny is, i just hate seein this boy trying to push to the absolute limit of the CBR.
C'mon Honda bloody hell, slap some HRC stickers on and come out with a full works effort none of this semi-factory nonsense. This team and this bloke need your help.
And okay we know you want to have the Motogp crown back bad, but is it really that necessary spending millions and million on a casey or a jorge.....why not use some of the money to help develop the bike to be a little better?? wouldnt hurt right? i mean he is 3rd in the rankings

Just a thought from a JR and Honda fan :)

patrick - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 11:52 AM

I'm not sure I want Honda to come with works effort.
I have a big respect to Ten Kate Racing, they have riders in all 4 categories and all of them are running in the front.
Maybe it's a hard time for them now that all the other manufacturers have official teams, I guess it'll help Johnny Rea to have a works bike and mechanics and everything, but at the same time, I want to see Ten Kate do it themselves.
Kind of a mixed feeling really.

mad phil - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 12:19 PM

Dunno where ur gonna go from here son,that was the most extreme chatter i have ever witnessed,this generation blade doesnt seem up to much+the team dont seem to have any answers??? time for a change???

tardozzi - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 1:18 PM

dont sign for this team again son,they may work hard etc, but they always bite of more than they can chew,too many bikes to run,test and develop ,you need a team thats totally committed to you and the wsb title,and its not that they dont want to win it!they do, but they are not putting enough resources behind you or the bike for you to win wsb crown,that is obvious,if honda dont do more to help feck em and go some where else nxt year,unless your eyeing up pedrosas ride lol

Phil - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 2:44 PM

I too have great respect for Ten Kate, but they seem unable to put a really competitive package together for Rea, week in week out. He is a very good rider but seems to be have to be trying too hard all the time, not just in quali, but in the race too.
I have always thought that they have too many riders in too many c/ships.

mad phil - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 2:46 PM

I mean,15 people in a race shop building+running all these bikes in different classes,theres no way TK have the manpower to compete with the factory teams in the superbike class-as much as i would like them to..


June 02, 2010 3:25 PM

@mad phil
15 people across 4 classes?? are you serious!?!? that little? as much as how woefully inadequate that is i must say that is a mighty impressive effort, to be that low in numbers and still be frontrunners across all classes. Incredible. they sure know their hondas lol

yep i too admire the ten kate team. this team made me favour sbk over motogp ever since they won in 07 in both superbikes and supersport. truly amazing effort. but times are changing, its getting harder to just manage things by themselves it seems. factories have quit supersport and are pooling all their efforts in superbikes. What i would like to see is Honda take the load of ten kate and manage the superbike side

190mph - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 3:30 PM

It's clear now that Ten Kate need more time than is allowed at each meeting to set the bike up. The only time they've come out strong from the get-go was at Assen, and that's because they got to test at Assen the week before the racing.

Rea is an excellent rider who should be contending strongly for this years championship but is being let down by Ten Kate, and as has been mentioned, is having to ride above and beyond what the bike is capable of.

Look at last year when it took Ten Kate until mid-season to swap to Ohlins suspension and sudddenly Rea could start challenging for podiums and wins. Aprilia and Suzuki have upped the game this year and Ten Kate, again, have been slow to catch on


June 02, 2010 3:37 PM

....of things as a full works effort. Ten Kate would still have the full ownership of the entire squad as a whole and would continue to be the sole entity behind the wss, stk1000, stk600. I guess that way it wouldnt seem like Honda "stole" their operation.
BUT the dilemma arises if this were to happen and future wins and championships in superbikes would be credited to HRC rather than ten kate. Let's face it, superbikes is the main arena and if that were to happen it would seem that HRC would get the glory and not tk.
its a toughie....but if tk and honda wanna win sbk titles i think they really should just go all out factory :)


June 02, 2010 3:44 PM

yea theyve been slow getting up to speed because of the ohlins on new tracks. Last year the didnt switch till after miller. so now that they have some track data for the ohlins for the rest of the season expect them to be upto speed a bit quicker. fingers crossed.

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