MotoGP » Nakamoto: 2014 RCV could make race debut in September

'We are now making the next step and we will be able to test again after Misano. If the riders are happy, we will start to use (the 2014 machine)' - Shuhei Nakamoto

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July 25, 2013 3:07 AM

Don't also forget that

a) Ducati also have a seemless shift gearbox, its probably not as good as Honda's but then again, the rest of the bike will be masking how good there gearbox potentially is.

b) The seemless shift also gives an advantage in being able to shift while leaned over.


July 25, 2013 3:13 AM

..Has Honda fixed the initial issues, with it being harder to down shift, by footage of Dani stamping down the gears really aggressively, I would imagine so. ..

Stomping "down" is actually an upshift to a higher gear.

The seemless box probably has some power assist requiring only a light action, with the non-seemless shift customer bike requiring a heavier foot??


July 25, 2013 3:27 AM

@BJR, true didn't think about GP style shift pattern when typing that, but I was meaning going down gears before a corner (thou not all riders use the 1 up 5 down pattern).


July 25, 2013 6:59 AM

Yeah, though it was just a bit of up/down brain fade and nothing more serious :-)

Maybe the production box is a bit clunky still by seemless shift standards, or Pedro's just limp ankled along with being limp wristed..


July 25, 2013 11:51 AM

I get the impression that the hrc vice president has already formed the opinion that mm is the man. and hinted that dani will have to up his game in the second half of the season.
If he doesn't then it should bye bye dani.


July 25, 2013 2:05 PM

Well dudes, once saw a chart of total manufactured motorcycles (from year ~2006), divided by displacement to several categories, and at quick glance Honda seemed to be maybe only 3rd largest in over 125cc gategories combined, behind even Suzuki. Under 50cc they were of course in over whelming way largest. Here under 50cc r called mopeds, not motorcycles hehe.


July 25, 2013 6:17 PM

@frontbrake - Anyone they could replace Dani with as a #2 rider would reduce their points haul for the manufacturers championship...unless they had better luck wooing Lorenzo in a second attempt.

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