[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017
More.......................
Honda will be showing a Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!
More.......................
Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show
More.......................
American Honda Reports August 2017 Auto Sales
More.......................
Some Civic Type Rs are overheating on track
More.......................
Spied on the STREET! Next Gen RDX
More.......................
Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX; Debut Set for Monterey Automotive Week
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: Acura falls to below average in CR quality survey
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Kia Stinger - RWD
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: C&D Test - Honda Accord 2.0T Touring 10AT
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: CTR 2nd Gear Issue?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 5,000 deaths annually from dieselgate in Europe
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Do you wrench on your own car?
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Honda PU
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: 10AT for TLX
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 2019 Audi A7
Join Discussion......
IMA/Hybrids --> Re: what current models can be electrified?
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Station offline due to compressor issues
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Steering wheel audio control went kaput this morning
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Free rental car... Huh? WTF?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: You guys wanna hear a Joke?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2018 CR-V
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
2008 Superbike Kick-Off

World Superbike

Ten Kate Honda

Ten Kate Racing, the Dutch Honda motorcycle tuner, will be leading Honda's World Superbike effort again in 2008. They are not an "official" factory team per se but they enjoy generous support from Honda Europe. Last season Ten Kate won their first World Superbike title with James Toseland. King James moved up to the Moto GP class for 2008 and his former teammate Roberto Rolfo has moved to another team in World Superbike.

This year Ten Kate has expanded their World Superbike effort to three bikes and secured the services of three new-to-WSBK riders. Moto GP veteran Carlos Checa, 2-time British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, and reigning World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu will be Ten Kate's three pilots in 2008. With those three riders Ten Kate has one of the strongest lineups in the series, yet they are the only top team that does not have any riders with World Superbike experience.

Ten Kate's CBR1000RR

On the heels of their successful 2007 campaign Ten Kate has found themselves at a disadvantage entering the 2008 season. For 2008 the Honda CBR1000RR (known as the Fireblade in other markets) has undergone a full model change. Unfortunately for some reason Ten Kate did not receive their 2008 bikes until very late in off season and as a result were only able to get in one test with the new bike.

In contrast, most of the other powerhouse teams in World Superbike have been testing their machines since late last year. Ducati, who is racing their new 1098R for the first time in 2008, has been privately testing their machine since before the end of the 2007 season and it has shown strong pace throughout the preseason and into the opening rounds of the championship where it has won 3 of the first 4 races.

Given the situation, Ten Kate has done very well in the first 4 races of the season. In the first three races their highest finishes were 6th, 10th, and 6th. A big surprise came in race 4 at Philip Island where Carlos Checa was able to finish 2nd . Checa ended the race a scant 1.1 seconds behind race winner Troy Bayliss on his Xerox Ducati, but Bayliss backed off the pace on the last lap. Had Troy not backed off he would have finished somewhere around 2.5 seconds up on Checa. A 2.5 second gap over a 22 lap race indicates that Ten Kate merely needs to coax an extra .12 seconds a lap out of the bike to fight for wins. There is one month until the next World Superbike race at Valenica so Ten Kate should have plenty of time to find more performance in their 2008 CBR1000RR's.

World Superbike Returns to the United States

World Superbike has not had a round in the United States since 2005 when Moto GP took over its date at Laguna Seca. This year World Superbike makes its return to America at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Miller is only about 40 minutes away from Salt Lake City and is arguably the most well-designed and state-of-the-art track in the United States. As before, AMA Superbike will race in conjunction with the World Superbike round at Miller.

Tickets are on sale now: http://millermotorsportspark.com/3.0/tickets_packages.php

2008 Honda World Superbike Rider Line Up

Ten Kate Honda
Carlos Checa
Ryuichi Kiyonari (2-Time British Superbike Champion)
Kenan Sofuoglu (2007 World Supersport Champion)

Stobart Honda
Gregorio Lavilla (2006 British Superbike Champion)

Alto Evolution Honda
Luca Morelli
Shuhei Aoyama

Althea Honda
Roberto Rolfo

DFXtreme Honda
Karl Muggeridge (2005 World Supersport Champion)
Russell Holland

AMA Superbike

American Honda's Riders

A welcome addition to the American Honda Superbike squad this season is former World Superbike and British Superbike champion Neil Hodgson. Neil had his impromptu tryout for the American Honda team last year at Laguna Seca in a one-off ride aboard one of American Honda's test bikes (run under Corona Honda livery). Neil's spirited ride to fifth place and his strong credentials were enough to convince Honda to offer him a 2-year deal. Miguel Duhamel returns to the team after recovering from a tremendous crash at Road Atlanta's notorious turn 12 last season.

Neil Hodgson
Championships: 2000 British Superbike, 2003 World Superbike

Miguel Duhamel
Championships: 1991 AMA Supersport, 1993 AMA Supersport, 1995 AMA Superbike, 1995 AMA Supersport, 1996 AMA Supersport, 1997 AMA Supersport, 2004 AMA Formula Xtreme, 2005 AMA Formula Xtreme

American Honda CBR1000RR

The American Honda superbike team was apparently the first of the Honda superbike teams in the world to take delivery of their 2008 CBR1000RR's for this season. This year the American Honda team will continue their in-house development program rather than leasing HRC-supplied bikes.

In the first tests with the bike the team tested a very basic version of the bike without all of the typical superbike racing upgrades. In the last Daytona test the 1000RR began to show some of its promise, but not surprisingly there is still some ways to go in order to compete with Mat Mladin and Ben Spies on their Yoshimura Suzukis. The positive news is that the new CBR1000RR's are already about as fast as the other (non-Suzuki) factory bikes in the series. That said, they've got a lot of work to do in order to close the gap against the dominant Yoshimura Suzuki squad, who won every race last season.

The season opener will be on March 8th at Daytona International Raceway. The race will be airing on Speed Channel at 4:30 pm EST. Also catch the Formula Xtreme Daytona 200 mile race at 1:30 pm EST. Both factory Honda Superbike riders as well as defending Formula Xtreme champion Josh Hayes and former Honda superbike rider Jake Zemke will be riding in the 200.

British Superbike

For 2008 the factory HM Plant Honda team has experienced a total turnover of its a riders as both reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and Jonathan Rea have moved up to the world stage in World Superbike and World Supersport respectively. The new riders on the team are Leon Haslam, 2006 British Superbike runner-up, and Cal Crutchlow, the 2006 British Supersport champion who raced for Rizla Suzuki last season. The two new Honda riders are part of a massive shuffle in the series that has seen all of the factory teams change both of their riders.

HM Plant Honda will be campaigning 2008 CBR 1000RR's like their compatriots in WSBK and AMASBK but they will not have the benefit of being the only team in the series running Michelin tires. The reason, is that next season British Superbike is going to a spec Pirelli tire like their big brother World Superbike, also with Pirellis. This means that we can expect to see some wildcard appearances from BSB teams in WSBK next year. HM Plant Honda's Leon Haslam has already said that he will be doing some wildcard rides next season. Most likely that means he will be doing the rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. It is somewhat of a blow for the HM Plant Honda to lose any advantage they may have gained from their Michelin tires but luckily almost all of the other teams on the teams were using Dunlops so everyone will have the same challenge in adjusting to the Pirellis.

The British Superbike Championship gets underway on April 6th at Brands Hatch.



[Previous Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Thanks Gerald
94sir 0
  2007 Machine
thepowerofhonda 3
Jump to:
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 1.5T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy