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Honda: 2010 MotoGP title fight only goal.

Honda heads into the winter break with factory riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso third and sixth fastest - on combined times - during testing at Valencia, using an early version of the 2010 RC212V.

Honda, for so long the dominant force in 500cc/MotoGP, enjoyed its best 800cc season to date in 2009 with three race victories.

But the reality is that third in the championship Pedrosa was still 72 points - almost three race wins - behind Yamaha's world champion Valentino Rossi.

As such, HRC's design staff will have a busy winter ahead of them, especially with team manager Kazuhiko Yamano stating that nothing less than a 2010 title fight will suffice.

“For us, the end of the 2009 season does not mean we stop work,” said Yamano.

“On the contrary, we will redouble our effort through the winter to create a machine with which our riders can fight for the MotoGP World Championship. This is our only goal - nothing else will suffice.

“We have finished the season with a race victory, and we will come back stronger next year,” he declared.

The first test of 2010 will be held on February 3-5 at Sepang in Malaysia.

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Joe blow - Unregistered

November 11, 2009 5:03 PM

I thought it was the bike and not the rider???? Wasn't that what you told us when you were arrogant (or stupid) enough to let Rossi go? You deserve your lack of success. Arrogant idiots. It's poetic to have watched Rossi rub your noses in your stupidity for the last 5 years.

El Bigonio

November 11, 2009 5:38 PM

Interesting contrast in ethos between the factory teams. Honda- We will spare no effort or outlay to create the finest machine possible, and demand that our riders excel on it. Yamaha- We will spare no effort or outlay to get the finest talent, and continue to refine the most balanced motorcycle in the sport. Ducati- We will spare no effort or outlay to siphon off some of Yamahas plentiful talent pool. Suzuki- We will spare all effort and outlay to create a "Factory" machine that is cosmetically passable as a Motogp racer simply to fulfill our contractual obligation to Dorna and make it possible for us to dupe a fast rookie into signing for us. Kawasaki- We quit!

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