MotoGP » 'Honda is fair with its rivals, unlike Ferrari'

“At F1, Ferrari has absolute authority. To be honest, we suffered a lot in that period. In MotoGP, Honda is in a similarly strong position but we like to be fair with our rivals” - Shuhei Nakamoto.

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November 23, 2012 7:46 AM

his assessments are honest. I believe HRC sets a high standard because they can. Someone has to lead.
They can however be faulted for trying to set the technological level so high that no one wants to or can play.

TC - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 8:16 AM

So to keep on building new configurations of bikes, testing them for years then agitating the governing body to change the class to suit them is not manipulating the championship as per Ferrari then.

Otto - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 8:45 AM

Ever since Honda came on the scene in a serious way, they have used their technical and financial resources to steal a march on the competition.
Those of us who are (unfortunately!) old enough to remember the late sixties recall when Honda spent vast amounts on developing a 6 cylinder 250, and five cylinder 125. Superb machines, technical marvels, but it came down to using their undoubted engineering prowess coupled with almost unlimited resources to beat the competition.
They are still using the same approach today, and are fighting against proposals to restrict them.
I'm not saying it's wrong - personally as a fan, I agree with him in that I get just as much interest from the technical innovation as from the riders' performance, but lets tell it as it is.

tucker - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 8:59 AM

It still pains me to think what we've missed out on when Daijiro was taken from us. He really could of been a MotoGP World Champion. Kato was the most talented rider on the grid other than Rossi in 2003.

DM52 - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 9:20 AM

There is a few comments regarding how Honda have used their influence over the years to drive the championship unfairly in their favour but if you look back they really have not dominated or benefited from it.
The fact remains that Honda and Yamaha are the mainstays of modern gp racing, if Yamaha did not agree with Honda and pull out the result is the same as Honda doing just that.

DM52 - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 9:30 AM

and another thing, the satellite teams wanted the rookie rule relaxed because none of them could fit Marquez in for just one year before he goes to the factory team without upsetting their existing long term sponsors.
I personally thought the rookie rule was a little odd anyway, sure as a satellite team you may have new sponsors with your rookie but you have higher costs as your new charge throws the bike down the road on regular occasions and if the rookie turns out to be any good the factory then snaps them and their money up. Long term it benefits nobody, just a sticking plaster to a problem people wish to ignore.

I remember - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 10:09 AM

“I believe motorcycle fans love to follow the racing to see the advances in motorcycle technology, not just to witness the battles between riders on the track,” said Nakamoto.

...what?? :?

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