Haslam to Honda, and Rea to stay in WSB

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Haslam leads Jonathan Rea

Leon Haslam’s expected switch to the Honda Pata WSB squad in 2013 was announced on Saturday.

Honda made the announcement on Saturday night following Haslam’s two years with the BMW team.

Haslam will partner fellow Brit Jonathan Rea who has signed for another year with Honda.

As well as riding in WSB, Rea will also be covering for injured MotoGP rider Casey Stoner this weekend at Aragon on the Repsol factory Honda.

Paddock rumours suggested Rea may take the last available seat in MotoGP – on the LCR Gresini Honda, but Rea has chosen to stay in WSB next year.

Carlo Fiorani, Honda’s racing operations manager said: “I am very proud and happy to make this announcement, especially with this fast and winning rider line-up. I would like to welcome Leon back to Honda’s official World Superbike team. We are delighted to have another Haslam representing Honda once more and I am sure that, with these two riders, we can continue to achieve results that can fulfil their individual potential and that of the CBR1000RR Fireblade."

Start of Race One at Portimao

A thrilling race one at Portimao was won by Brit Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki and race two was taken by Eugene Laverty. Sykes is second in the championship with just one round to go, some 30.5 points off Biaggi.

Race 1 Top 5 results:
1 Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki
2 Carlos Checa (ESP) Ducati
3 Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Ducati
4 Max Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia
5 Brett McCormick (CAN) Ducati
6 Jonathan Rea (GBR) Honda World Superbike Team

Race 2 Top 5 results:
1 Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aprilia
2 Jonathan Rea (GBR) Honda World Superbike Team
3 Max Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia
4 Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Ducati
5 Carlos Checa (ESP) Ducati
6 Ayrton Badovini (ITA) BMW

WSB Championship points after 13 of 14 rounds:
1 Biaggi 347, 2 Sykes 316.5, 3 Marco Melandri (ITA) BMW 308.5, 4 Checa 278.5, 5 Rea 255.5, 6 Laverty 241.5

Final round: Magny-Cours, France – 5-7 October

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