Ten Kate was left at the cold when Honda suddenly decided this past year to form a new factory team to input WSBK in 2019, teaming up with the Moriwaki and Althea Racing squads.
It signified the end of a 18-year relationship between Six and Honda Kate, which yielded the 2007 WSBK name with James Toseland and multiple World Supersport crowns.
The Dutch team was subsequently declared broke as the overdue notice given to it with Honda left it no opportunity to procure a partnership with another manufacturer in time for the beginning of the 2019 campaign.
However, during the Phillip Island season opener of last month, speculation indicated Kate could take line to come back to the grid with a different manufacturer as early as April.
Ten Kate team manager Kervin Bos affirmed to Motorsport.com a come back is in the works but denied to reveal together with which manufacturer it would function as some time frame for a return.
“We’re working quite tough to come this year,” said Bos. “There is also a cause why people don’t even talk to the media, because we’ve chosen to do it within an easy environment without any pressure from anyone.
“We maintain workingout. We have objectives. However, now we don’t even talk in the media about our plans when, what and with which riders or manufacturer. We need all the others .”
Ten Kate was connected to both Yamaha – that supplies four bikes for the works-backed Crescent and GRT teams – and Suzuki, that has been absent from WSBK since 2015.
Former MotoGP riders Loris Baz, who rode a BMW to get Althea this past year, is apparently the leading candidate to ride on the motorcycle, specially as series promoter Dorna is believed to want French representation on the grid.
Asked if Ten Kate will most likely be returning using an present manufacturer, Bos answered: “Maybe not, it is relatively hard for us to talk about our future.
“We work really hard. We have most of the things ready to proceed, but we don’t WISh to have any discussions or talk about this at the up coming months”
A one-bike Ten Kate entrance would boost the magnitude of the full-time WSBK field to 19, with just 18 entrances being present in Phillip Island along with one local wildcard.
However, it’s known any come back is not likely to materialise before June’s Jerez races.
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