Ronald ten Kate is keen to see his team maintain its winning ways following what he describes as being a 'long road to success' this season.
Ten Kate Honda won their first race of the 2009 season at Misano after a tremendous performance by rookie rider Jonathan Rea saw him snatch victory from Ducati Xerox pair Michel Fabrizio
and Noriyuki Haga
on the very final lap.
Also the Ten Kate's first win since Ryuichi Kiyonari's triumph at Donington Park last season, Rea's victory was the successful culmination of a tough weekend in which the team made the bold step by switching to Ohlins suspension, while their hopes of victory in the first race would come to nothing following a serious of frustrating issues.
Nonetheless, victory for Rea means ten Kate has only one target for the remainder of the season.
“It's been a very up and down day and a long road to success this season, with some difficult development steps with the CBR1000RR. Although we still have a few more plans and ideas that we want to try, Jonathan's win today was a major breakthrough.
“I'd like to thank him and the other riders, the whole crew and Honda for staying loyal to us, and a special thanks to Andreani Group for all their hard work this week. Although the championship may be out of our reach this season, our intentions for the rest of the year are quite clear – winning!”