Castrol Honda Returns; Rea Leads the Way

honda_firebladeThe last time Castrol was the title sponsor of the Honda team, Colin Edwards rode to the World Superbike Championship in 2002. It was the third World Superbike title earned by the Castrol Honda team from 1997-2002, and the iconic team will look to further its success this year.

Castrol has been a longtime supporter of Honda, the two brands celebrated 50 years together in 2009, and will once again be the title sponsor for Honda. Castrol will be fronting the Netherlands-based Ten Kate racing outfit during the 2011 season. The Castrol Honda team will be lead by Jonathan Rea and Reuben Xaus, both of whom are excited to be racing in the classic Castrol Honda colors.

“One of my main inspirations for racing was watching Castrol Honda’s Colin Edwards battle Troy Bayliss for the World Superbike championship in that epic season in 2002,” Rea said. “It’s a real honour for me to be racing under those same famous colours for the 2011 season and I’ll be trying my hardest to recreate what Colin did for the Castrol Honda team. I think the bike looks fantastic and I know the Ten Kate guys back at the workshop have been working really hard on its technical development since last season finished so now I just can’t wait to get started.”

Castrol is equally excited to get back into the spotlight.

“Castrol are delighted to join Honda once again to see the return of the famous Castrol Honda World Superbike team to racetracks around the world,” said Donald Smith, sponsorship manager for Castrol. “Motorcycle racing provides Castrol with the ultimate environment to test and develop our advanced Castrol Power One technology and the Castrol Honda World Superbike team provides a powerful and exciting platform to demonstrate the performance of our Castrol Power One products.”

Xaus and Rea will be riding the CBR1000RR Fireblade during the 2011 World Superbike season.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of