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Pata Honda unveil 2015 WSBK livery
Pata Hondas 2015 WSBK riders Guintoli and van der Mark presented in Italy
PATA HONDA'S 2015 World Superbike riders Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark have officially unveiled the 2015 Pata Honda livery at Verona in Italy.
Guintoli, the 2014 World Superbike Champion, along with van der Mark, the 2014 Supersport World Champion, have tested the 2015-specification Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines at Portimao, Portugal and once again last week at Aragon in Spain.
Weather conditions were not great, but both riders were happy with the development of the CBR as the Pata Honda team have worked hard over the off-season to meet the revised technical regulations for the 2015 World Superbike season.
“Bringing the number one plate to a new manufacturer is a big deal, really, because it doesn’t happen very often,” said Guintoli.
“It’s symbolic for me, too, because I’ll be going for the title again on a different bike, the Honda CBR. I’ll definitely be wearing the number one with pride this year. But I’m motivated by the challenge and I’ve found a team that also wants it really badly. The bike has changed quite a bit over the winter and we have new regulations.
“The 2015 engine is quite close to last year’s specification and, if anything, is a bit smoother, which is good news for us because, built as standard, it suits the new rules. We’re still working on a few things like weight distribution and geometry but the bike is already quite different to last year.
Guintoli concluded: “I’m very pleased with the work that has been done over the winter. There is still more work to be done, but the team is a big asset; you can feel the power of Honda, and it feels good.”
2014 World Supersport title winner Michael van der Mark added: “I’m in the same team as last year but, after winning the World Supersport title, I had to make another step and, for me, that was World Superbike.
“It’s maybe a little easier for me because I have the same team, but I still have to get used to the bigger CBR and its more sophisticated electronics and find a good set-up. I think the biggest challenge for me and everyone is the new regulations.
“At the moment the bike feels really good but we’ll have to see where it is after the first few races. I have to learn a lot, of course, but I don’t put any pressure on myself – I just want to do my best, make forward steps and see where we can get to. The weather hasn’t been great at the two tests we’ve had this year but my feeling with the CBR is much better than my first outing at Jerez.
“Together with Sylvain, I think we have a great team. He brings a lot of experience as last year’s world champion, but I think we can learn from each other and that’s what we’ve been doing in the tests.”
32-year-old Guintoli and 22-year-old van der Mark will return to Spain this week for a two-day test at Jerez on-board the Pata Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.
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