WSBK – Mondial SBK 2010: on your marks! – Honda

Mondial SBK 2010: on your marks !

WSBK - Mondial SBK 2010: on your marks! - Honda

The 2010 World Superbike season opens in two weeks at Phillip Island: Ben Spies having yielded to the sirens of MotoGP, he gives up his SBK throne to whoever wants … No Troy Bayliss in sight either? The way is therefore clear, but for whom ? Forecast.


The world’s leading manufacturer of motorized two-wheelers will again be represented by Team Hannspree Ten Kate, multiple world champion in Supersport and titled in the Superbike category with Toseland two years ago….

After a very successful first year (8 podiums, 2 wins and 2 lap records), Jonathan Rea will set off for a lap on the CBR 1000 RR! The 23-year-old Irishman will truly race for the win this time: he has the potential !

British Superbike runner-up in 2007, supersport runner-up the following year, Johnny finished 5th in the WSBK last year (4 points behind Biaggi), achieving the second best performance for a rookie, behind the phenomenal Ben Spies.

In 2010, the # 65 Honda will be in the game again. It remains to be seen whether it will be scrupulously done every race weekend … As we have seen, consistency was not the primary quality of this bike. "Wasn’t", because since his stint on Ohlins in the middle of the 2009 season, Rea – but not Checa, nor Kiyonari returned to British Superbike – seemed more at ease on all types of track. To follow closely therefore.

Victim of a nasty collision at the start of the first round at Monza at the beginning of May, Max Neukirchner has not competed a single race since … A rising star in the World Superbike, the n ° 76 has had a (half) season 2009 particularly tumultuous and seeks to relaunch within the prestigious Ten Kate team.

In 2008, the year which saw the birth of this serious German hope, Neukirchner had amassed 7 podiums including 2 victories, 2 poles and 1 lap record in the race. A track record that the 27-year-old driver will certainly enrich … but in what proportions ?

Three other riders will also take part in Honda this year: the Australian Broc Parkes will try to forget his disappointing season on the handlebars of the factory ZX-10R, the Italian Vittorio Iannuzzo will try to break out of his anonymity – French in anyway – and the Japanese Makoto Tamada will try to remember the good memories of Checa and Biaggi, which he managed to beat in MotoGP in his good days !

Honda teams

Hannspree ten kate
Jonathan Rea # 65
Max Neukirchner # 76

Echo CRS Grand Prix
Broc Parkes # 23

Squadra Corse Italia
Vittorio Iannuzzo # 31

Pro ride WSBK Racing Team
Makoto Tamada # 49

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