Dec 2, 2002
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<BR><BR>Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. <BR><BR>Rumi Honda is considering racing a Honda CBR954RR in the 2003 World Superbike Championship. That's the word from Roadracingworld.com's European correspondent Glenn LeSanto.<BR><BR>Team owner Oscar Rumi has had discussions with Brit Mark Heckles to return to the team to ride a 954 next season, reports LeSanto. Heckles campaigned a Honda RC51 for Rumi Honda in 2002.<BR><BR>With only two true factory teams committed to the 2003 World Superbike Series(Infostrada Ducati and Foggy Petronas), private teams see this as a big opportunity to score podium finishes in races and to finish well in the Championship, results which could be parlayed into more support from sponsors.<BR><BR>According to LeSanto, Heckles describes the situation as "back to the future" because World Superbike started as being private-team-based, not factory-based.<BR>