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Ten Kate over driver 2018: "Cards are being mixed again"

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 | Sports

23. August 2017 – 16:10

No points: Davide Giugliano went empty on the pitch in Germany

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(cafetheology.org) – With the loss of Nicky Hayden at the end of May, the private Honda team was hit hard by Ronald ten Kate. At the WSBK event in Imola, Hayden went to the start for the last time. Out of respect, the Ten-Kate crew nominated Donington and Misano not to replace the deceased American. In Laguna Seca local hero Jake Gagne took over the second Fireblade. At the WSBK weekend on the Lausitzring, Ex-Ducati factory pilot Davide Giugliano sat on the former Hayden machine.Ten Kate confirms that it is not easy to find an adequate replacement in the current season: "Our situation is particularly difficult "We are looking for a driver who is to be used in a longer phase," explains the Dutchman in conversation with 'cafetheology.org' Was recently linked to a return to MotoGP. "In this phase of the season, the drivers are always linked to other championships and teams, and I've got used to it," says Kate, calmly adding, "He has to follow the path that he thinks right." Bradl's chances for second place at Marc VDS seem to be low. Various media and some drivers congratulated Tom Lüthi already on the rise in the MotoGP. Thus, Bradl is likely to stay with Honda. Or does ten Kate look for another driver? Car market according to Bradl "not particularly lush"

Stefan Bradl: "It is very difficult to find a suitable driver"

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In the case of Honda-Europa, the German motivation was already being doubted. But what are the alternatives? Bradl himself knows that not many top-flight drivers are looking for new teams: "What is currently available at the market is not very rich at the moment. There is not a driver who has the potential to help with the development It is very difficult to find a suitable driver, "commented the German CEO, Kate is optimistic to find two suitable drivers for 2018:" For the coming season, the cards are being shuffled again It's a big problem to find two new drivers, it's more difficult to find someone in a running season, I'm not worried about 2018, "emphasizes the Superbike veteran," I can not name any of them Potential drivers, "Kate said," It used to be that drivers used to change their teams during a season because they were not paid or other manufacturers had better material h But these times are over. "How is things going on with Giugliano?

Davide Giugliano would like to drive for Honda until the end of the season

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"As a rule, we are looking for a mix in the team: a young driver and an experienced driver, who lead the team through precise statements, and in the past, we have struggled to achieve this mix The WSBK, "explains the Honda team leader. MV-Agusta-Pilot Leon Camier is currently trading as a potential Honda pilot. The Briton shows with the F4 strong performances and is not only highly appreciated by ten Kate. It is as open before, whether Giugliano will drive the outstanding races. On the Lausitzring the Italian missed the points. "I think he has the potential to prove himself here and help the team what is the main thing at the moment. It's a great opportunity for him to prove himself," commented Teamcollege Bradl.

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