PATA HONDA TEAM LAUNCH
Verona – Italy – 26-1-2014
The 2014 Pata Honda team that will contest this season’s FIM World Superbike and World Supersport championships was presented this afternoon at the Motor Bike Expo exhibition at Verona in Italy. Following their rookie seasons in 2013, Dutch rider Michael van der Mark and Italian ace Lorenzo Zanetti will challenge for honours on Honda’s CBR600RR in the World Supersport series. The team comprises in World Superbike the same rider line-up as in 2013 also with British riders Jonathan Rea and Leon. Both championships kicks off at Phillip Island in Australia on 23 February.
The team presentation took place in front of hundreds of media and motorcycle racing fans on day two of the increasingly popular Motor Bike Expo at Verona. The show is taking place just 70km from the headquarters and factory of Pata, Italy’s famous snack manufacturer which is title partner of the Pata Honda team for the second year.
Michael van der Mark: “We have already tested the CBR600RR and there have been a lot of improvements which we noticed immediately. The team has overcome some of the big problems we had last year with some new software updates so we can head into the new season with some confidence. I was very happy with my first season in World Supersport and to get on the podium in my first race at Phillip Island was fantastic. So, it’s great to be back with the team again and I can’t wait to start racing again.”