Ten Kate Racing team principal Ronald ten Kate says his outfit will remain with the Honda brand for 'rest of its racing career', dismissing the suggestion it could collaborate with a rival.

The Dutch-based Ten Kate Racing squad has prepared Honda's World Superbike and Supersport efforts for more than a decade, but while the latter series has yielded nine titles, it has acquired just one WSBK title in that time courtesy James Toseland in 2007.

Having lost lead rider Jonathan Rea over the winter - who has since gone on to dominate with Kawasaki -, Honda has struggled to muster a front-running challenge in 2015, with reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli yet to make it onto the podium, while highly-rated rookie Michael van der Mark has just two rostrums to show for his efforts so far.

With Honda unclear over its future plans in World Superbikes and the level of investment it is willing to commit, despite signing van der Mark to its fold, ten Kate nonetheless denies suggestions it could consider another manufacturer partnership having been linked with Yamaha.

"I get a lot of questions about it from my friends, family and people in the business we are running," he told the official WSBK website. "There are no talks within Ten Kate to move ship. We are Honda. We have been Honda. And I think we will be Honda for the rest of our racing career."

Touching on the reasons as to why the CBR1000RR has struggled in 2015, even in the hands of Guintoli, he says the electronics package doesn't suit the latest regulations. Indeed, ten Kate insists improvements are being made, he says the struggles have still been a 'shock'.

"It is a bit different track-to-track. One of the big things at the moment is the performance of the engine, which we are looking into. We thought the electronic package we had, which was suitable to the bike last year, would be capable of doing the job again this year. We need some new strategies and ways of thinking, which we are adapting to, but it has been a shock."

Regardless of whether Ten Kate Racing stays with Honda, it is also rumoured that title sponsor PATA is looking for an alternative team to back in 2016.



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