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Honda extends Ten Kate deal

The Dutch outfit looks to build on its success as Honda's lead operation for the last decade.
Honda Motor Europe has announced that it will continue to back the Ten Kate Racing team in the World Superbike Championship for another three years.

The Dutch-based team has been at the forefront of Honda's WSBK campaign for more than a decade, a relationship that has led to one World Superbike and eight World Supersport titles in that time.

As such, after another successful season with rider Jonathan Rea winning four races on the way to fourth in the standings, Honda will maintain its support until the end of the 2013 season to provide 'stability'.

“After ten years of collaboration in the World Superbike paddock, we are happy to say that the level of co-operation between ourselves and Ten Kate Racing is stronger than ever,” said HME sporting manager Carlo Fiorani. “We are therefore delighted to confirm that this partnership will continue into the future.”

“We are very happy to remain loyal to Honda,” added Gerrit ten Kate. “We have enjoyed a really good relationship for the past decade and enjoyed multiple world championships and race wins together.

“This new three-year agreement will enable us to continue with our technical development, our rider programme and to maintain a strong team structure. In the next few weeks we will finalise those three ingredients to prepare for the future.”

Rea is already confirmed as continuing for another season in 2011, while ex-MotoGP rider Alex de Angelis has been tipped to join him, though the Sammarinese is also keen to remain in Moto2. There are also rumours that former iconic backers Castrol could return as a title sponsor to replace Hanspree.



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Iknowtheanswer - Unregistered

October 15, 2010 8:48 PM

I agree with cletus JT is phased by something, could it be the husband of the wife he's pinched or just a guilty concience of taking a fathers child away. Either way he's been riding sh*te since he met his new girl and blaming all but himself.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 15, 2010 5:44 PM

I agree with Cletus that he could benefit from less pressure although I think he puts a lot of that on himself. I don't think going to TK is a very good idea despite Gerrit Ten Kate's claim that he could get JT back to form quickly - reason: TK's main focus next year is on Rea. Bearing that in mind and the speed / talent of Rea it could bash JT's confidence even more if he finds himself outperformed and treated as the second rider. I think there is a fair chance he will compare favourably with Badovini and be able to get his confidence back in the satellite BMW squad.



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