WSBK » Honda suffers pointless weekend

Ruben Xaus's failure to score at Motorland Aragon meant Honda would also leave the Spanish circuit with not a single point to its name.

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ppsc59 - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 2:50 PM

A desaster for Honda and especially the Tenkate-Team:
Tenkate had days of glory with Vermeulen and Toseland, but since then they only managed to provide one rider with competitive machinery, the other one (Checa, Kyonari, Neukirchner, Xaus) always struggling to make it into the top ten.

As the Fireblade is elsewhere very competitive despite being in the 4th year of it's lifecycle (IoMTT, Endurance, IDM, BSB, 8 hrs Suzuka), TenKate seems to have problems especially in setting up the bikes.
The first they do is providing prototype swingarm from KR..... :-)
If they do not succeed in the next races, Neil Tuxworth should take over the Castrol Honda factory team - he was the guy at Castrol Honda bringing glorious championships with Kocinski and Edwards and giving well prepared machinery for a decade (i.e. Aaron Slight).


June 21, 2011 3:16 PM

I do not think the blame lies entirely with Ten Kate. They have a long service record with Hondas and managed to make every bike competitive.

Look at BMW, their bike is winning almost every domestic championship yet in SBK they can barely get a top 10 at the moment.

To me it seems clear SBK is just incredibly competitive at the moment. You've got the big teams from Aprillia, Yamaha and Ducati, and then Kawasaki is getting up to speed with the new bike as well. With all that competition it's no wonder a few teams are falling back.

zuzu - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 3:40 PM

I can't help but wonder why they chose Xaus. His glory days of winning a few here and there on a Ducati are over. Maybe he came cheap, but clearly all the eggs were in the Rea basket. Too bad that basket of eggs is now broken.

cruachan - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 3:48 PM

Pretty sure he was cheap, and Castrol clearly are not putting in the same level of finance that Hannspree were.

Neil Tuxworth's squad have at least a relationship with HRC (They were an HRC team in the Edwards days) and I think get at least a bit of support for the HM Plant team and also the TT Legends team. Ten Kate have always been helped out by Honda Europe if at all, which is a big disadvantage when every other manufacturer has a factory built bike. Even the Althea Ducatis are built by Ducati Corse, although not run by them anymore.


June 21, 2011 6:04 PM

I was under the impression Xaus swung the ride because he brought personal sponsorship money with him (this was before Castrol came on board).

I can't see him being there next year though, sponsors or not. The team must be going through any extra money just on repairs.

46 - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 11:39 PM

rea has the cojones to ride it, thats why its chucking him off mid corner 140 mph plus,stick the telementry guy on it and he will soon get better at his job

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