Leon Camier is about the only one person assured of participation in WorldSBK with Honda next season as he is contracted to the factory. Everyone else, it seems, is either part of a problem or a solution…
Rumours of a takeover of the operation by Moriwaki intensified in Qatar when an employee of the Japanese firm was seen in the Red Bull Honda garage. At the Portimao, Midori Moriwaki herself was in evidence.
Added to that, Althea boss Genesio Bevilacqua has thrown his hat into the mix, saying he is old mates with Ms Moriwaki and can provide the infrastructure she would need to make the team function as he is sick of BMW and a chat with Ducati didn’t move things forward.
Whether Bevilacqua’s involvement is as a replacement for Ten Kate as the team operator or as a second-string team with Honda backing is unclear.
There is, apparently, a meeting being held in Amsterdam, for sure, in the next couple of days which will sort the job out. It doesn’t look likely that Honda will be testing at Aragon in November, which gives them some breathing room to make a decision.
However, such is the confusion that even Ten Kate employees don’t know what is going on and Camier himself appears to be only marginally less in the dark.