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Honda: "Want to fight for top positions in 2018"

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 | Sports

05. September 2017 – 10:59

2017 ticked, 2018 in focus: Is Honda in the WSBK to old strength?

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(cafetheology.org) – James Toseland won the title in the Superbike World Championship with the Honda Fireblade ten years ago. Two points separated him from Noriyuki Haga. This year, the Honda pilots are far from such achievements. Currently, Stefan Bradl has just 67 counters in his account. For comparison: World Championship leader Jonathan Rea collected 381 points at the previous events and is miles away from Bradl. In the Honda camp, it is nevertheless optimistic to close the gap in the coming season. "Our goal is to pave the way for the development," says Honda-Europe manager Marco Chini in talks with the WorldSBK .com 'is the main task for the forthcoming WSBK events. "We learned a hard lesson in 2017. At the same time, we were also unlucky, considering everything we learned in 2017 and looking at the measures taken "Chini is convinced.

Open account: Stefan Bradl would like to continue with Honda in 2018

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Who will drive for the Dutch Honda team in the coming WSBK season is still unclear. Stefan Bradl has good chances to keep his place in the team. "We're working with the Ten-Kate crew on this issue, and we're getting closer to what we've been doing. I'm confident we'll define the details in the coming weeks," Chini said. "Takumi Takahashi is the second Fireblade for two of the four race weeks piloting. The Japanese is the third driver to move Nicky Hayden's machine. In Laguna Seca sat Jake Gagne on the Fireblade. Davide Giugliano drove the bike on the Lausitzring. "Jake Gagne and Davide Giugliano were helpful WSBK projects," commented Chini, emphasizing, "Each substitute pilot was a help, because we need to collect data with different rides to create a balanced analysis. "" Takahashi has been confirmed for Portimao and Jerez, and we are looking forward to his potential in the Superbike World Championship, which is the driver who has probably the most experience with the Fireblade, so we are looking forward to his feedback on the WSBK machine " so the Honda manager.

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