After nine successful years in World's Superbike Championship and several top five positions in the Championship Frankie Chili surprises his fans with a new step in his career.
He switches from a Ducati to a works supported Klaffi Honda Fireblade.
Klaus Klaffenböck, owner and manager of the Klaffi Honda Team, convinced Frankie Chili to join his team in 2005. With the Klaffi Honda Fireblade he will achieve top positions in World's Superbike Championship 2005.
Frankie Chili: "There were a lot of ups and downs during my career. Sometimes even nobody trusted in me, but especially in these situations I had success. Joining the Klaffi Honda Team means a super possibility for me to reach out for the Superbike Championship again. Honda and Klaus Klaffenböck did all their best to make this possible.
Beside this I want to say "Thank you" to my Italian crew. Even when we need a lot of time to discuss al the details they were waiting for my decision. Nobody left the crew. No we join together the Klaffi Honda Team and are looking forward to an exciting and successful World Championship 2005."
Klaus Klaffenböck: "I always promised our sponsors a rider, who is a winner. And also this time my promise comes true. During the last weeks we had a lot of discussions. Frankie Chili or Ben Bostrom - this was the question. Now the decision is taken: Frankie Chili rides a Klaffi Honda Fireblade in 2005.
After his marvellous debut in the Supersport World Championship 2004 German Max Neukirchner will be the second rider in our Superbike Team.
Tatu Lauslehto from Finland was the winner of the European Supersport Championship 2004. He will be our pilot in the Supersport World Championship.
The first roll-out of our new bikes will be in January. Time is running and the World Championship starts with its first race 26th of February in Quatar."
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