WSBK »

Tamada setting sights high after Honda switch

Makoto Tamada is feeling confident about his chances with Pro Ride Honda as he bids to put a disastrous two years with Kawasaki behind him
Makoto Tamada has set himself lofty targets ahead of the 2010 World Superbike season by insisting he can win races now that he has been reunited with Honda.

Former factory Kawasaki rider Tamada earned himself a stay of execution in World Superbikes this week after being confirmed as joining Pro Ride SBK, a deal which will see him revive his relationship with Honda for the first time in four years.

While Tamada remains one of the few riders to have won races in both World Superbikes and in MotoGP, his move to Kawasaki's WSBK effort has seen him classified as the lowest of the manufacturer-backed riders for the past two seasons.

However, despite the decision to join a privateer team for 2010, Tamada is delighted to be back within the Honda family.

Indeed, he even goes as far to say that he can return to the kind of form that saw him win three World Superbike races and two MotoGP races for the manufacturer between 2001 and 2004.

“As much as I am excited to work with Marco Nicotari [team manager],” he mused. “I am thrilled to be back with Honda. I have always been a “Honda” rider. I have not performed at my best potential since I left Honda.

“This year, I plan to be competitive, and show everyone that Makoto Tamada is still very competitive. I thank Honda and Marco for believing in me and I plan to repay them with a couple of wins this year.”

Tamada and Pro Ride will not be present at this week's Portimao pre-season tests.



Tagged as: pro , Tamada , ride , superbikes , Kawasaki , Honda

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Tamada, Portuguese WSBK 2009
Tamada, Portuguese WSBK Race 1 2009
Tamada, Imola WSBK 2009
Tamada, German WSBK Race 1 2009
Parkes. Tamada, German WSBK 2009
Tamada, German WSBK 2009
Tamada, German WSBK 2009
Tamada, Czech WSBK 2009
PTR Honda bikes, Aragon WSS 2014
PTR Honda, Aragon WSS 2014
PTR Honda bikes, Aragon WSS 2014
Aprilia, Melandr, EBR, Yates,BMW, Camier, Bimota, Badovini, Kawasaki, Sykes, Ducati, Giugliano, Honda, Jonathan Rea, MV Agusta, Corti, Suzuki, Eugene Laverty, Aragon WSBK 2014
Aprilia`s Romano Albesiano and Honda`s Fiorani, Race 1, Australian WSBK 2014
De Rosa`a Honda, WSS, Australian WSBK, 2014
DeRosa`a Honda, WSS, Australian WSBK, 2014
DeRosa`a Honda, WSS, Australian WSBK, 2014
DeRosa`a Honda, WSS, Australian WSBK, 2014
Rogers` Honda, WSS, Australian WSBK, 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


cemtex - Unregistered

January 22, 2010 12:26 AM

He is one the few riders who said he was going to beat Rossi & back it up. For that he has my respect. aeolus, you're an idiot who just trolls & posts drivel.

Matt - Unregistered

January 21, 2010 1:11 PM

aeolus - he did play with Rossi. If I remember correctly Tamada was leading, or at the very least close to leading. And then as usual (for those years) Rossi burned off into the distance on the last few laps and took the potential win away from Tamada. Tamada said something about "This race he play with me, but next race I will play with him!" and he did. He won the next time out. He's capable of winning races, he just needs good equipment. Anyone who believes that the Kawasaki was/is good equipment doesn't follow motorcycle road racing.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.