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Honda Signs Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam For 2013

Chaparral Motorsports
September 25, 2012

[caption id="attachment_15508" align="alignright" width="300"]Honda Signs Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam For 2013 Jonathan Rea has reached an agreement to rejoin the Honda Superbike team in 2013.[/caption]

Jonathan Rea had good reason to celebrate while at the Portimao track in Portugal. Not only did he claim a second place finish during the second moto, just missing out on the top spot, but he also reached an agreement to rejoin the Honda Superbike team in 2013.

"I'm happy to continue my partnership with Honda in this exciting championship," said Rea. "I've been loyal to Honda my whole career and that's because I believe in them as a company and I believe that we can achieve more together in the future."

The announcement ends speculation about where Rea would end up in the 2013 season. He was rumored to be considering a move from Superbike to the MotoGP circuit.

Leon Haslam's destination was also the source of some debate ever since he announced that he would not be returning to the BMW team. According to, Haslam rode a private Honda model to success in 2009. His move back to the manufacturer will try to recapture some of the success he has struggled to find in the past few years with BMW.

Honda also announced its Supersport team for the next motorsports season. Italy's Lorenzo Zanetti will ride with the Netherlands' Michael van der Mark in 2013.

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