WSBK » Pata Honda confirms 2014 WSBK line-up


Pata Honda becomes the first team to reveal its rider line-up for the 2014 World Superbike Championship...

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Yes Yes Yes Leave Me Alone

October 01, 2013 11:37 AM

Bad news for JR in my opinion - he isn't getting any younger, and realistically isn't ever going to make that switch to Motogp now - especially not onto competitive machinery, could have a long career as a 'great' rider who never won anything (championships wise).

Should have been JR at Aprilia, A.Lowes at Pata Honda.

bernyec

October 01, 2013 1:03 PM

totally agree with ya mate, the old Honda is getting a bit long in the tooth now in W.S.B. i'm afraid, and has to be over ridden to keep up with the faster bikes, hence throwing it down the road quite a lot, re, Haslam and Rea, and having to ride not 100%, Blade rider myself just love-em.

MCP

October 01, 2013 1:07 PM

The only way Rea will get in to Grand Prix is if he wins the title in Supers first and I think that's pretty unlikely with the machinery that he'll be shackled to. Unless, Big Red finally unleash this V4 roadbike they're developing, which could well be the bike that moves the game on. It might be worth it to wait and stick with Honda now and have a chance of being on that machine when it's finally introduced. He'll just have to put up with making up the numbers in the meantime.

I'm suprised they've retained Haslam, though. Even without any injuries, he'll never be up to the standard of the opposition.

Nick636

October 01, 2013 1:20 PM

I have NO more sympathy for JR.

Every year he is unhappy with the bike, considers the move, but stays at TK... Honda never significantly update the bike and he (knowingly) remains on the old pig.

Unless Honda launch the (long rumoured) V4, he is doomed.

Nori Haga the 2nd, great GREAT rider, never a champ... Sadly...

onyabike

October 01, 2013 4:32 PM

do you know what i have to agree with you guys i rate him so highly and he could have been world champion by now in superbikes if he hadnt been so loyal to honda, his loyality has not being recipricated in my opinion!

why stay with them? another year on an uncompetitive bike! he could have jump to moto gp on a slightly uncompetitive leased yamaha, honda or ducati engine surely that would have been a better option as if you perform well on one of those your more in the shop window than overriding the superbike to get a podium! moto gp breeding ground rarely comes from wsb anymore

such a shame as he is such a great talent and nice guy. i just jope honda give him a bike he can win on which wont happen unless its the new honda!!

RSMick

October 01, 2013 5:45 PM

Agree with whats said however is probably looking that the GP bikes currently leading the WSB championship will be heading toward proper WSB bikes which the Honda is about the closest except for the Grillini or Pedricini. SO there is the chance of the championship but doubt you will ever see him on a GP bike, after all Scott Redding came higher up the list.

stakker916

October 01, 2013 6:01 PM

Think JR has given enough to honda he is such an amazing rider and very grounded. I hope that he doesn't have any major offs next season. If he's being smart after next season Suzuki will be looking for a good rider to develope their MotoGP bike. Lets hope JR is that smart

frontbrake

October 01, 2013 7:43 PM

Rather confused by JR's decesion to stay at Honda.
There's no chance of the championship in 2014, so , he
must have a very good financial package, that, perhaps
is far better than he could of go in Moto GP OLSO the
scene is changing in Moto GP with new fast riders coming
on the scene like Scott Redding and others..
Unless he gets the proper bike i don't see JR winning any championships. In many ways a pity because he has the talent and is brave, at times ,on the honda to brave for his own good.

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