Ten Kate have been removed as the team responsible for running Honda’s WorldSBK effort and replaced with a joint Moriwaki/Althea effort for 2019 onwards with serious HRC support.

A switch away from the Dutch operation has been rumoured for some time, with Midori Moriwaki in evidence at the Portimao round in September and the official word was handed down at the Milan Show today.

Ryuichi Kiyonari was the surprise addition to the rider line-up alongside incumbent Leon Camier.

It’s the first time that Honda have put together a works team in WorldSBK for 16 years.

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