Jonathan Rea (above) and Leon Haslam (below) will lead the charge for the Pata Honda Team during the 2013 World Superbike Championship.
Honda has announced that the 2013 Pata Honda World Superbike and World Supersport team will be introduced at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy next month.
The team’s four riders – Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam in Superbike and Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael van der Mark in Supersport – will appear in their 2013 racing livery alongside the team’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and CBR600RR racing machines.
The introduction will take place at 15.00 on Saturday 19 January on the main stage at Verona’s Motor Bike Expo, one of the most popular motorcycle exhibitions in Italy, with Pata president Remo Gobbi and team manager Ronald ten Kate also in attendance.
The factory and headquarters of the team’s title partner Pata are in Brescia, just 70km to the west of Verona in northern Italy where the Pata Honda team will visit the day before the team launch on Friday 18 January.
“This is an exciting introduction for us,” said Carlo Fiorani, racing operations manager for Honda Motor Europe. “Not only do we have some really important developments on the CBR1000RR for the 2013 season, but we also have a brand new CBR600RR to contest the World Supersport championship.”
He added: “It is a great honour to be able to undertake these two championships with Pata on board as our title sponsor and we are proud to introduce the new team in the new Pata livery in Verona.”