The Seven Years War
by staff
Monday, May 12, 2014

A great many stickers have come and gone since the last time a Honda led the World Superbike title chase.
image by DFA

PATA Honda rider Jon Rea's recent three WSBK wins in a row are impressive enough, but that trifecta coupled with WSBK points paying finishes when he didn't win have put the Irish rider and his team in a very unique position.

He's currently leading the World Superbike points standings.

How long has it been since a Honda last led all the Ducatis, BMWs, Aprilias and the rest in the producton-based bike championship?

Gulp, while Charlie Checa led it briefly in '08, the last time a Honda led the WSBK championship in earnest, we're told, was back in 2007 when James Toseland (Soup nickname: Jimmy Tee) won the World Superbike championship on the ten Kate Honda CBR machine.

It's been a tough slog for the ten Kate men since the days when Toseland danced all over the WSBK title. We suspect a great many other teams would have succumbed to the onslaught and locked the toolboxes and went home—after all Yamaha has pulled out twice in nearly that period alone.

The gritty Ten Kate men, though, remain as resilient as they are ready to fight (which is to say at the drop of a hat). Their perseverance is finally paying off.



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