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Pata Honda returns at the Nürburgring

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After a four-week summer break, the Pata Honda team is heading to the Nürburgring in Germany for this weekend’s (30 Aug-1 Sept) tenth round of the 2013 World Superbike championship.

Riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam are looking forward to riding their Honda CBR1000RR machines again at the famous 5.137km Nürburgring, which nestles 100km south of Cologne in Germany’s Eifel Mountains, adjacent to the iconic Nordschleife public-roads circuit.

Jonathan Rea has enjoyed success with Honda at the Nürburgring in recent years, winning in 2009, his debut SBK season. He took another win and a second place the following season and rates it as one of his favourite circuits.

Haslam, meanwhile, who became a father for the second time after the last SBK round, has taken one podium finish and been a consistent top six finisher at the German track, which has hosted World Superbike races since 2008 and features this season a slight modification after the tight first corner.

Jonathan Rea

I’m feeling good, with recharged batteries after the summer break, and I’m really excited at the prospect of riding my bike again this weekend. I really like going to the Nürburgring and it’s a nice circuit to come back to after a few weeks off. It’s both technical and fast-flowing, which I really enjoy. Hopefully, the guys back at the workshop have had some good downtime, too, because now it’s time to go back to work. I’m looking forward to free practice on Friday and hopefully we can carry on our recent form.

Leon Haslam

The break seems to have gone really fast, but then I’ve had my hands full a bit with the new baby! I’ve been having some more physiotherapy on my leg and I managed to get back riding a trials bike, which is fun. I’ve also been having a few sessions at my dad’s race school and the leg is definitely getting back to where I want it to be. So, I’m looking forward to getting back on the race bike at the Nürburgring, where I’ve always been able to battle at the front in previous races. The track seems to suit British riders especially, so I hope we can have a good weekend there.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

It’s been a good break in the schedule and the whole team has had some time off, which we needed. We’ve carried on the evolution of the electronics system, specifically in throttle response, and we have also been preparing a lot of parts because we have four races in the next six weeks, with a flyway to Laguna Seca included. But we’ll focus on the Nürburgring now, where we know the CBR1000RR has gone pretty well in the past. Leon is getting back to strength and Jonathan is in a good run of form, so our hopes are high for the weekend.

2013 World Superbike championship, round 10

Nürburgring, Germany – weekend schedule (local times – GMT+2)

Friday 30 August

11.45-12.30 Free practice

15.30-16.15 Qualifying 1

Saturday 31 August

09.45-10.30 Qualifying 2

12.30-13.15 Free practice

15.00-15.14 Superpole 1

15.21-15.33 Superpole 2

15.40-15.50 Superpole 3

Sunday 1 September

09.20-09.35 Warm-up

12.00 Race 1 (20 laps 102.740km) 15.30 Race 2 (20 laps 102.740km)

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