For 2011, Castrol Honda returns to World Superbike with Ten Kate SBK, as Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus join forces on the Honda CBR 1000 RR motorcycles to make an assault on the WSBK title.
Castrolʼs association with Hondaʼs motorcycle racing activities goes all the way back to the Japanese manufacturerʼs first foray into the sport at the Isle of Man TT in 1959 and the two companies celebrated 50 years of racing together in 2009.
While Castrol has maintained support of Hondaʼs annual World Superbike championship effort in recent years, its previous title sponsorship of the Castrol Honda team generated no fewer than three world titles, with John Kocinski in 1997 and then twice with fellow American rider Colin Edwards in 2000 and 2002.
The Castrol Honda CBR1000RR is the Superbike of choice for the 2011 racing effort. The liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 brings a claimed 215 hp to the party.
The team will run the Ohlins FGR00 front fork with the TTX System. In the rear, the Ohlins TTX36 damper with hydraulic preload adjuster will help control the power to the ground.
For Jonathan Rea, the new season, which opens on Feb. 23, 2011 at Phillip Island in Australia, will be his third in the World Superbike championship aboard the Honda CBR1000 RR.
The Northern Irishman finished in fifth place in 2009, taking two wins, a tally which he doubled last season on his way to fourth place in the championship.
Ruben Xaus, meanwhile, first competed in the World Superbike championship in 1998 and finished as runner-up in 2003 before a two-year spell in MotoGP.
The 32-year-old Catalan rider has 11 career wins to his name and a total of 35 podium finishes to date. This will be Xaus first year on the Honda CBR1000RR, coming off the BMW S 1000 RR superbike in the most recent years.
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