Gordon Hatch, MotoGP Correspondent
Japanese manufacturer aims to retain championship crown with new machine
Repsol Honda have confirmed they will test two brand-new RC213V machines, complete with new engines, at the official MotoGP test on Monday following the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM and HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto also said that riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will be allowed to campaign the new machine for the rest of this year’s MotoGP championship if they like the changes made by the Japanese manufacturer.
Monday we will have a completely new machine.
From the beginning of this year when Dorna announced that a new Bridgestone front tire was to be introduced from the Silverstone round onwards, Honda did not agree with the change citing that their machine was built around the original front tire used in pre-season testing. Now the manufacturer has decided to introduce the machine that they planned to race in the 2013 championship. Speaking after the announcement, Nakamoto confirmed that the new machine will be tested on Monday.
“Monday we will have a completely new machine, said Mr Nakamoto while continuing, “We will bring two, one for each rider. Originally this bike was next year’s prototype, but we have to fix the bike to cope with the new tyre’s construction. We decided that if the riders are happy, we will use this machine even for this year.
And also we will bring a new specification engine. The basic specification is the same, but it has a little more power. The bike looks very similar, but has something different - I can’t give details. Chattering is the biggest problem for us, but it’s not only chattering. The front tyre squashing too much is a problem as well. Solving everything is not easy,” Mr Nakamoto added.