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Drive M7 Aspar's Nicky Hayden expects big improvements from HRC to boost top speed of RCV1000R

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March 10, 2014 2:44 PM

Aleix may be his biggest ally at the moment. The faster the "Open" Yamaha goes the more incentive HRC will (in theory) have to close the gap. At least that's how it works out in my mind. In the grand scheme of things Honda has never really done Nicky any favors. But the way Aleix is running the NGM Forward boys may wind up in Factory 2 sooner, rather than later. At the moment the RCV1000R looks like a CRT bike in fancy clothes though! I suspect the Honda WSBK entries are stronger than this thing at the moment.


March 10, 2014 3:32 PM

Last season proper corner exit would mean he will rocket down the straight,, this season how much ever he makes the exit good he is still cycling... there nothing hayden could do about it,, feeling bad for him...

what if honda gives it's open bikes a great upgrade and suddenly Nicky is almost in level with Alex...? Its only my dream,, but I would love to see that,,


March 10, 2014 3:49 PM

Too bad we won't be seeing to much of that good looking color scheme bike this season. Way to go Honda to make sure your factory boys aren't put to shame. Not that they would even if these other riders were given exact copies of Marquez or Pedrosa's bikes. But they'd be much closer than they are now.


March 10, 2014 4:20 PM

A pneumatic valve engine is needed for that extra 20HP that they need , cause this spring valve engine is not going to cut it with the Ducati power or Yamaha open which seems just as good as a Tech 3, hoping that HRCs rage or pride leads to a better engine or even a better bike in the spirit of competition in mind. Wink , Wink HRC.


March 10, 2014 4:28 PM

@Racemaster makes a great point with the Espargaro comparison. Although HRC surely isn't going to throw all the tricks at Aspar, you'd think they will make an effort to make the customer Honda faster and more competitive. Livio Suppo recruited NH69 to Ducati while he was the head cheese and has a great relationship with Nicky. Plus, Nicky did win a MotoGP title on a Honda, that has to carry some sort of cachet.


March 10, 2014 4:42 PM

I feel for you Nicky.... but Honda aren't going to help you too much.

1. That thing was designed to be 2nd string from the outset.

2. It does not have Repsol on the fairing - essential for a truly fast Honda

3. Honda want Open Class to fail, not succeed - so anything they do is more likely to be ways to try and slow the rest of Open Class down (oops, thats already happening - witness factory 2) and bring them back toward Nicky's bike in midfield than they are to make Nicky's bike really competitive.

Disagree if you want guys... I know I sound like a broken record on this stuff (cos I loathe the fact guys like Hayden get to waste their time instead of having a fair shot)... but lets see if I'm wrong.

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