In today’s press conference, which was held at Assen, Dutch squad Ten Kate confirmed their plans for 2019 WSBK campaign.
After Dutch team, run by Ronald Ten Kate, was forced to declare bankruptcy after Honda withdrew their support in favour of join operation run by Althea and Moriwaki with factory support for the first time in 20 years, a lot was up in the air regarding their future.
Even thought Ten Kate was left without time to find new technical partnership at the time, they confirmed last month that they plan to return to the championship during 2019 season. A lot more details were revealed by team owner Ronald Ten Kate and team manager Kervin Bros at press conference in Assen, where both revealed that they will return to the track with the help of Yamaha, which will provide fully factory supported Yamaha YZF-R1, team will also work on their own development during the season, to the hands of French rider Loris Baz, who signed the deal after being left without a seat at the end of 2018 season.
When we will see Baz and his new team on track is not 100% clear right now, as they still have some development and testing to do, but Kervin Bros expressed his hope to be on the starting grid in time for Imola round. If that won’t be possible, they will be for sure on the grid in time for Jerez round at the start of June.
This move also provided a secondary benefit to both Ten Kate and Yamaha, as Dutch squad will start selling Yamaha’ GYTR line of racing products at their dealership.
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