Castrol Honda look to 2012 at Misano

Jonathan Rea, Ruben Xaus and Makoto Tamada were on hand to test the Honda CBR1000RR.
Castrol Honda is beginning their preparations for the 2012 World Superbike Championship by taking its new fly-by-wire system to Misano for testing.

Having confirmed it will continue in 2012 with Jonathan Rea at the helm, Castrol Honda took to Misano to try out the fly-by-wire system that will be homologated with the introduction of the new CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Also a return to the circuit that Rea suffered a serious wrist injury in June – an injury he has only just returned from -, the Ulsterman was encouraged by the development of the new features as he took the seventh fastest time of 13 riders.

“It's been a real proper test, this, and we had a lot of stuff to work through,” he said. “On top of that, Pirelli also brought some new rubber to try so, in the end, we actually ran out of time. We probably needed the rest of this week to get through everything, but we can definitely see the potential of the fly-by-wire system that I tested for the first time today.

“Also, I'm able to ride a lot more in my comfort zone with this new package and it helped with engine braking, too. Going back to Misano was no problem for me and, in fact, I was going through the corner where I crashed faster than I did during the race weekend in June.

“Pirelli brought a lot of soft rubber and we could have used a qualifier to try for a time, but we had to keep our heads down and keep focused on the work we had to get through. The lap time is probably about where we are at the moment, but we know that the next step forward will push us back to the front.”

Though Makoto Tamada – who partnered Rea at the Nurburgring - was on hand to ride the machine and focus on development, the test also signalled the return of Ruben Xaus, the Spaniard set to make his racing comeback at Imola.

“Well it felt good to be back on a bike again properly f or the first time since the Brno crash in July. Of course, after two days of testing, I was tired, but it felt like a naturally tiredness. We've been testing some different electronics and the bike is much easier to control.

“The feeling is much better and the bike definitely feels stronger and faster. It's been a good two days for motivation and to give me confidence heading into Imola next week – I'm feeling like I can really go for it when we get there.”

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jt is retired now - Unregistered

September 15, 2011 4:30 PM

at yuri,i can see macks point,i will put it differently,the2010 r1,that jt and cal rode,cal won races on it and set many poles on it etc it was a good bike,jt could not do a dang thing on it,and it was a better bike than the honda,and rea handed JT his arz on a platter every week,so your stats or points ,dont add up,and when rea rode the honda along side checa,he beat him silly every week, now look at checa on a decent bike,i wont mention how rookie laverty,and melandri are doin on the yamaha r1,all we need is for rea to get a decent steed,and rolling it in glitter as someone said ,wont do .but hell there is a recession at honda,and they aint spending the money in wsbk,rea will have to make do!

Mack - Unregistered

September 15, 2011 2:16 PM

Jimmy+Yuri You're both a bit wide of the mark,JT rode the previous generation Blade which had a strong engine and great front end,the '08 on model is a completely different level of turd which only one man can get anywhere near the front. Yuri,WSB has moved on since JT was champion,the fact that he couldnt beat Rea+Haslam when he came back points to that,despite being on the title winning machine from '09. Not denigrating JT but all good careers come to an end and invariably a faster generation arise. Anyway-still not sure if rolling this blade in glitter is gonna work out though..

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