Pata Honda team principal Ronald ten Kate heads into the new World Superbike Championship season optimistic that the troubles of the 2013 campaign will act as a spur for renewed success in 2014.

The Dutch-based team began the year with high hopes following the signing of Leon Haslam to ride alongside Jonathan Rea, but a troublesome development of new electronics on the CBR1000RR was followed by injuries for both riders over the course of the season.

With Honda finishing down in fifth position overall in the manufacturers standings, ten Kate admits it was a disappointing season for the Japanese firm, but with Rea and Haslam back to full strength and another series of developments introduced to the CBR1000RR - particularly the electronics -, he is optimistic they can progress again in 2014.

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"It's clear that 2013 wasn't a great year for us - the riders got injured quite heavily but, in a way, that allowed us to step back and review the whole situation, looking at the bike and what we would be needing for the coming season. So, we've had a big development plan and brought in a lot of parts for the bike.

"The electronics have been upgraded massively over the winter and we've got a good testing programme, so I think we can say we're better prepared than ever before. The new Honda Fireblade SP is good step forward, especially for road riders and those taking it on to the track.

"We're already using a lot of that upgraded technology like suspension and brakes, and the engine improvements will be useful, too. We're pulling out all the stops and with four talented and determined riders, I firmly believe that we can compete for race wins this season and even two championships."

As well as Rea and Haslam, Pata Honda will also back Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael van der Mark in the World Supersport Championship class.