Ten Kate to leave WSB

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  1. TheTwoOfUs

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    The full statement from Ronald Ten Kate reads as follows:

    ‘Ten Kate Racing BV, the company that for 18 years has been responsible for Honda’s racing activities in the World Superbike and World Supersport series, during which time the team won 10 world championship titles, has today been declared bankrupt.

    This sad situation is the direct result of very late notification given to Ten Kate Racing that Honda wished to end its association with the Dutch firm. Honda stated that it wished instead to continue its activities with two other companies who would assume responsibility for the company’s technical and logistics requirements in the World Superbike championship. This notification was given to the management of Ten Kate Racing on October 30th 2018 with no earlier indication or further explanation.

    Until the last race of the 2018 World Superbike season, on October 27th in Qatar, the relationship between Honda and Ten Kate Racing was ‘business as usual’, with staffing, technical development, winter testing and all other aspects of the team operation for the following season discussed in detail and with most of the important decisions already made.

    Indeed, the biggest question mark was the level of technical support from Honda and the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in Japan. A visit from HRC representatives in April to the Ten Kate Racing workshop in Nieuwleusen made it clear that, after many years, the team would no longer be solely responsible for the development of engines, chassis and electronics and that technical support would be forthcoming from the factory. Honda’s decision to stop the co-operation therefore came as a complete surprise and went totally against all the team’s expectations and beliefs.

    During recent years, a clear understanding between Ten Kate Racing management and Honda established that any notification of a desire to terminate collaboration between the two parties would need to be made early (i.e. before the World Superbike championship’s summer break). This would allow Ten Kate Racing to explore opportunities for co-operation with other manufacturers and, in a worst case scenario, to manage human resources and potential redundancies within the team. During ongoing discussions Ten Kate Racing also made clear its willingness to become a logistics partner in the event that Honda wished to return to the World Superbike championship as a factory team.

    Since receiving notification from Honda on October 30th, the management of Ten Kate Racing has, of course, had many conversations with other manufacturers and sponsors. However, as was feared by the team, World Superbike budgets and machinery were already fully allocated by the beginning of November.

    While it was clear that there was genuine, high-level interest from a number of manufacturers, the timing was wrong. Consequently, it appears that Ten Kate Racing has been put in check-mate consciously by the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer. Pending legal proceedings relating to this situation, Ten Kate will make no further comments at this time. The team’s management will, however, continue to work on plans to race at world championship level, hopefully for (part of) the 2019 season, but otherwise for 2020.

    Gerrit and Ronald ten Kate wish to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of every single member of the team over the last 18 years and to thank them for the huge successes and championship wins that those efforts have made possible.
     
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  2. Yorick

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    Hmm, Honda did announce recently that they were going full factory effort this year with support from Moriwaki.

    I think they're a bit pissed off not to win, despite the millions on the new 'Blade.
     
  3. Jaws

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    As far as I could see, as a semi-insider of Honda, they lost the plot way back in 2007......
    Initially because they panicked due to the world wide recession, and then bringing poorly designed bikes for years.

    At a meeting in 2009 when I asked why they had dropped an obvious long term winner in the CBR1100XX the woman from honda said ( and this is not word for word.. too long ago and my notes are long gone )

    The XX and other bikes like it are being replaced because we are looking at a new type of customer

    What about all the existing customers ?

    They will come to like the new bikes

    So basically they did not care a toss about existing customers.. and they came RIGHT unstuck with the new breed because Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki customers were faithful to the brands.
    I was at a trade do and was present when ( I think Dave Hanest ???? Really cannot remember the guys name ) from Kawasaki sent a note to the Honda bigwigs who were there..

    Thank you so much. We was concerned about the 1400 tourer, but your new offerings have ensured its success

    Caused many feint hearted smiles on the Honda stand.. They KNEW it to be the truth

    Since then, although Honda have recovered somewhat financially, they no longer have the resources to go racing outside their own domain
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    As shown by Rea. He worked his balls off on the Honda to get nowhere, jumped on a Kawasaki and the rest is history.

    Honda haven't been convincing in MotorGP, it's just a total genius who keeps one bike at the front.

    And then they just dumped Dani after all those loyal years.
     
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    Honda also must of spent a few bob on f1 to not get anywhere as well.
     
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    Sorry I don't follow F1 these days. But I love the concept of "a few bob", it must be like peeing down a deep well to try and fill it.
     
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    Unfortunately though, as much of a good rider Dani is, he will never win a championship in Moto GP.
     
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    He certainly won't now that he has retired from MotoGP. But he was the perfect rear guard for all his partners, good enough to protect their backs but never a threat to the number one.
     
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    And will now be providing valuable input to further develop the KTM and make that more competitive, ready for Marquez to jump teams in a couple of years.. ;)
     
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    But can he ? Can he be any use in setting up a bike for normal sized people ?

    I think he's a great guy and one of the real gentlemen of the sport, but he's still mighty little.
     
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    Perhaps he will be like a jockey and have lead weights put in his saddle. Haha
     
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    That’s why they also have Mikka Kalio and the Tech 3 team, to provide additional real world data. Maybe... :)
     
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