The demise of the Hoegee Suzuki World Supersport team left Barry Veneman in a difficult situation. Veneman has very strong links with Suzuki, having worked for the company in Holland for several years, as well as having ridden for Suzuki in World Supersport and the Dutch ONK national championship since 2004, limiting his options for finding a ride for the rest of the season. Hoegee Suzuki were the only team running Suzukis in the World Supersport series, meaning that Veneman would either have to switch series or leave the Suzuki connection behind.
Veneman's name had been linked to a number of rides: Alstare Brux Suzuki in World Superbikes, as well as Crescent Suzuki in the British Superbike series; but there had also been rumors linking the Dutchman to the Spanish Holiday Gym team in World Supersport, riding a Yamaha.
But word is now emerging that Veneman is to stay in World Supersport after all. According to the well-informed Dutch magazine MOTO73, the Ten Kate Honda team will be fielding a third Honda CBR600RR for Veneman for the rest of the season. No further details are currently available, but this would not be the first time that the Ten Kate team fielded three bikes. In 2007, Andrew Pitt was given an extra bike for the Assen round of World Supersport, after having replaced Sebastien Charpentier in the previous race.
The Ten Kate team have had an interest in Veneman for a number of years, but sponsorship issues have always made it difficult for the Dutch team to sign their fellow countryman. With Suzuki out of the World Supersport equation, and Veneman likely to be able to attract funding as Holland's biggest motorcycle racing name, the way is open for Ten Kate to sign a home rider. And with Veneman having shown himself capable of regular top 6 finishes, and even the occasional podium, Veneman could prove capable of mixing it up with the championship front runners. This could be very useful for Kenan Sofuoglu's title challenge, for the Turkish rider needs his team mates to start stealing points from the current leaders Cal Crutchlow and Eugene Laverty.
According to MOTO73's sources, Veneman is due to join the Ten Kate team at Misano. An official announcement is expected soon.