And the Ape was 1st and 2nd and ate everything else in the field alive for sheer straight line speed and acceleration. Last year Biaggi was sidelined with an injury for a chunk of the season and Honda still managed to come second last in the constructors championship. The CBR is a great bike and if I was in the market for a litre sports bike right now it's most likely the one I would buy. My point is V4 sports bikes are traditionally Honda's domain, they wrote the book on it. They obviously still see it as the best platform for racing hence their prototype class machine is based on it (while none of the CRT teams are using a CBR motor). They have a history of making homologation specials like the RC30 and RC45 alongside their CBR sports bikes so I don't think for them it would be a paradigm shift and since there's still so much enthusiasm for a Honda V4 sports bike why don't they do it again now? Political maybe, financial more likely IMO. It would indeed be cool to see.I wouldn't go so far as to say the CBR1000RR is getting its butt handed to it in WSBK. Jonathan Rea had a pretty solid showing both races (7th and 4th iirc) at Phillip Island. Now the 2012 streetbike isn't chock full of the latest electronic wizardry or a brand new motor, true, but I wouldn't write it off yet.
My opinion is it's more of a political thing at Honda right now. They have invested plenty in keeping the 1000RR around, doing a paradigm shift to a V4 primary liter sportbike would be huge. Not saying it won't happen but it'll take some manufacturing realigning and PR preparation. It would be cool to see, no doubt.