When Dorna and the FIM first announced the provisional rules for the new 600cc four-stroke formula to replace the existing 250 class, the first thought that crossed most racing fans' minds was: "Ten Kate". The Dutch team has dominated the World Supersport – the world's premier 600cc four-stroke formula – since 2002, constantly managing to stay at least one step ahead of the competition, despite not enjoying the kind of factory support that other teams have had.
Today at Portimao, Ronald ten Kate confirmed to MotoGPMatters that the team is extremely interested. "It's definitely a class that we think that we should be in," ten Kate said. "We're just waiting for the rules to be announced so we can start building a bike."
With Moriwaki already having built a prototype, more as an engineering demonstration than as a competitive item, interest is starting to grow in the new class. If Ten Kate do build a bike and enter the class, then they are likely to start the series as the team to beat. With their current record in the World Supersport and World Superbike series, beating Ten Kate is going to be a pretty tall order.