The Winston Ten
Kate Honda team today completed a three-day initial test at
the Almeria circuit in southern Spain in preparation for this
year's World Superbike and World Supersport championships.
As well as
being the first time the four-man team has taken to the track
in its new Winston colours, the Almeria test also represented
the first opportunity to test Ten Kate's winter development of
the Honda CBR1000RR and the new CBR600RR, which has been
heavily revised for 2005.
restricted testing time on both machines but Winston Ten Kate
Honda team manager, Ronald ten Kate, declared himself happy
with the three-day exercise.
supersport team we have two new riders in Katsuaki Fujiwara
and Sébastien Charpentier," he said. "We also have some new
mechanics and, of course, the new CBR600RR. All these new
ingredients are mixing well together already."
"We've worked hard on the CBR1000RR superbike over the winter,
but it's been evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Last
year was a development year with Chris Vermeulen but we were
competitive towards the end of the season. I think that Chris
and now Karl Muggeridge, who tested in November, have found
that the overall package has been improved in certain key
"We now head
for two more days testing at Valencia," concluded ten Kate,
"where we already have some data on both bikes from last year.
Hopefully the weather will be warmer and we will get a much
clearer idea on how our preparations for the season are
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