Marquez’s fourth operation in the right humerus “more than the last bullet, it was the only bullet” who had left to continue looking for another MotoGP title on a personal level. and maybe the chassis that Honda ordered from Kalex It is also that “only bullet” on a material level, to give the eighth champion the necessary weapons to achieve a goal Marc has always believed in along with the brand of golden wing. “I think that Honda can make a better bike than Ducati”, said the Spaniard before starting the year, but this time, at least for now, time has not been right.
The Japanese factory broke with tradition and this meant that one of the most important motorcycle manufacturers in the world had to search outside your headquarters resources to be competitive in MotoGP. And they didn’t ask for help in any element either. the chassis It is, after the engine, the most important part of a mount and although they have tried in every possible way, the ideas are over at the Japan headquarters. The Sepang tests were the key moment, Márquez said the new RC213V felt very similar to the prototype they suffered so much in 2022, and the work had to be intensified. Again.
The renewed chassis that Repsol Honda tested in Valencia did not convince Márquez, nor the one in Sepang and from this Monday they will accelerate their options with the third painting in five months, on the Jerez circuit, as reported Motorsport. A date almost a month earlier than initially planned (it was also expected at Jerez on May 1st during the official tests after the Grand Prix) due to the need that exists within the brand for golden wing per gain competitiveness immediately. The testing team will be led by Ramón Aurín in the area and Stefan Bradl on the tarmac. The German, before traveling to Austin on Tuesday, in case Marc cannot reappear, will be in charge of determining whether the new chassis can improve the one he already has and, if so, the Spaniard will test it in the next appointment in which he returns to to compete.
In the absence of the eighth champion, it has been Alex Rins who was in charge of testing the second chassis that Márquez drove in the pre-season. As far as Argentina, the LCR driver has driven with the initial part that debuted in Valencia and after the comparison, it seems that the request to Kalex is a success. I didn’t notice a big difference. I’ve already tried both and with the new one maybe the bike will turn a little more”, analyzed the pilot of the satellite structure, about two racks that were born in the Tokyo workshops and they did not fulfill the purpose for which they were developed: to improve the performance of the RC213V and make the pilot not have to take so many risks. The evidence, the accident of a Marc who physically pulled in Portimão to fill deficiencies, which once again left him out of the picture.
the umpteenth change
Little has changed in the history of asphalt, but much has already been done behind the scenes at the Honda factory. The new chassis is part a process of changes that started, precisely with Kalex, in September last year. The Japanese factory resorted to the German brand to the manufacture of the aluminum swingarm which they introduced in the San Marino tests. From there they jumped into the human section, to build a new chain between factory and pilots that Ken Kawauchi would direct in the technical director section instead of Takeo Yokoyama. In Tokyo, they used Suzuki’s ashes to renovate its dome and also half of its team.
mire and kidneys (the first as an alternate for Pol and the second for Álex Márquez in LCR) also arrived as new arrivals at HRC, while on a mechanical level, a new alliance with Akrapovic As an exhaust manufacturer, the main supplier of the entire MotoGP grid (it works with Ducati, Yamaha and KTM), it closed a circle of changes that is still vicious. The concern to understand why, despite all the effort It seems impossible to get back on a winning bike, It continues to circulate through the Honda factory.
Yamaha puts Razgatlioglu to the test
The two days of testing will not only be important for Honda. other than much is at stake in MotoGP is a Razgatlioglu, SBK Champion in 2021, who will be in the Yamaha box with Crutchlow. It will be the Turk’s second experience on the M1 handlebars and the reason will have nothing to do with his debut. The first time that Toprak piloted the Japanese motorcycle, it was by means of award for its title in derivatives of the series, while it will now be played a possible move to the premier class under the watchful eye of Lin Jarvis, director of the Iwata brand in its sports division, who will be in Jerez. They will also make an appearance. KTM and Aprilia, Ducati being the only absent brand for two days, which those of Borgo Panigale will develop in particular around Austin on Italian soil.