WSBK » Jonathan Rea commits to Honda for 2012

The Ulsterman has endured a difficult 2011 season, but is committed to returning to the forefront with Honda in 2012.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 03, 2011 7:49 PM

First Capirossi decided to retire rather than ride a Ducati in WSB, then Colin Edwards turned down BMW's offer to replace Corser, now we have Rea staying with Honda - it suggests to me that there aren't many lucrative opportunities in WSB for 2012 so Rea has taken what must be a well paid option and some promises for 2013.

Pizdoff - Unregistered

September 03, 2011 10:06 PM

Traction control? Maybe on the WSB bike but not on the street version according to MCN. Its hard to know who or what to believe other than Honda are spinning their publicity machine well into the red.

But an allegedly much improved rear shock looks true because it stands out like a bulldog's ******** .... 'Tho whether that will help really when WSB teams modify the suspension anyway I dunno. Maybe it'll be a better base?

I think this could be the worst time for riders in all major series since before WSB began.

trr - Unregistered

September 03, 2011 10:27 PM

I think Capirex did not have a choice with Ducati in WSB since they have Checa and they probably want to try a young titan if they come back as factory team. So he retired instead...BMW is not a promising option it seems and he will get a good position from Dorna so he won't raise the prestige of WSB more. Edwards was probably offered a huge amount of money (from Dorna in part) to be the first of the CRT-riders so others would follow. It seems with Checa riding so well, Ducati does not need CE neither or the money is a lot better in GP. He must be kidding himself with saying they would be any competitive..err, I mean inside top10.
About Rea I agree.

Mad Phil - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 1:29 AM

Surprised but not surprised at this,with the current economic climate it was going to be hard to find a paying ride anywhere+it looks like Honda Europe have upped JR's wages considerably, A MotoGp chance is a non starter now so its treading water next year before the new model debuts in 2013...Oh well Ho Hum...

rca - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 7:32 AM

the checa comparison often crops up.i think it shows carlos wasnt pushing beyond the bikes capability and certainly made the correct decision when he left tk

Mad Phil - Unregistered

September 04, 2011 11:07 AM

@ Kyle,no next years bike is an updated version of this years machine,Tk got dispensation to run next years fly by wire for the rest of this year on this model.

AFAIK Honda has not even made an announcement that there will be a new model in 2013!

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