MotoGP » Why was the Honda RCV1000R short on fuel?

"We had to save fuel in the race" - Scott Redding.

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March 31, 2014 11:31 AM

Well TBH Honda had no test with the standardized software which I believe should have been used when developig this RCV version. When I saw Stoner's time on the bike 0.3 sec behiind the factory bike...I immediately quipped that this was done with the factory software ECU and a TEAM of Honda's brightest not available to the independent teams.

Not defending Honda but they had no way of knowing what the OPEN ECU and electronics strategies would do!! because they did not use it to develop this machine. TBH I am not sure if Marelli had it to the 2014 spec during the same time Honda was working on the Proddy racer!

As suggested by the article..the 2013 RCV used 21 litres so an additional 1.5 L was expected to be more than enough to carry this prody bike home without any drastic cuts in power but again a poor assumption (seems a Honda trait of recent) about the level of the OPEN software may be to blame...Honda got it wrong again!


March 31, 2014 12:20 PM

I'm annoyed that someone of Scott's & Nicky's ability are always gonna be fighting for lower positions on these bikes. On some tracks they might get nearer to the front in Germany & maybe Jerez where the straights are not too long. Big shame though. Hopefully things will improve. 2016 is too long to wait for equal machinery across the field!


March 31, 2014 1:11 PM

2016 will only equalise the ECU. There will still be haves and have nots, the big factories will be top dogs still, with the best riders fighting for the championships. Hopefully during 2014 honda will offer the production racer teams a engine upgrade etc. It all depends on how much the likes of aspar and grensi want to spend.


March 31, 2014 3:34 PM

re: "I'm annoyed that someone of Scott's & Nicky's ability are always gonna be fighting for lower positions on these bikes."

they're not Spanish. what are they gon' do...?

re: "Hopefully things will improve."

well there's your problem, you're relying on "hope" to affect change. hope is nothing. hope is ether. going forward may i suggest COLD HARD CASH...? see entry for "coming off the dime". results i guarantee. (Cajun accent like Justin Wilson)


March 31, 2014 3:51 PM

re: "with the best riders fighting for the championships."

for a more accurate predictor of the future, please substitute the proper noun "Spanish" in place of the phrase "the best" in the sentence above. thank you.


March 31, 2014 5:43 PM

Honda knew good and well that they would be using the spec software. Knowing that there are unknowns, you always plan for the worst. In this case needing all the fuel you can hold.


March 31, 2014 6:58 PM
Last Edited 754 days ago

That is how honda got people to buy the bike by saying that there test rider was only 0.3 off they did not say which test rider ,it was not stoner it was some old test rider who couldn't go much faster on the factory bike

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