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Honda: We don’t share data either!

Following the news that Yamaha team-mates and title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will no longer share data during a grand prix weekend, Honda has revealed that its factory riders haven't been exchanging information since 2008.

Kazuhiko Yamano (pictured), formerly Repsol Honda team manager and now team director, revealed the existence of the policy during a Friday morning press meeting here at Sepang in Malaysia, venue for this week's MotoGP test.

“This year there are some small changes to the Repsol Honda team structure. I am now the team director and both Dani and Dovi have their own separate team managers, like at Yamaha,” began Yamano.

The mention of Yamaha prompted the question of how much data will be shared between the Repsol riders.

“So, at Repsol Honda, since 2008, data has been separate in the pit garage,” Yamano revealed. “But development side the data is still shared. Yamaha is starting [to do this] this year [but] we started in 2008.”

Pedrosa was still riding alongside Nicky Hayden at Repsol Honda during the 2008 season. Dovizioso then replaced the American for 2009.

Despite the technical 'firewall' between the Repsol riders, Yamano insisted that communication is not a problem.

“Outside it might look like a wall [divides the team], but inside Dani and Dovi and me discuss things all together.

“And this year there will be more discussions like that between us. It will be more open.

“I'll take photos so everyone can see!” he joked.

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February 05, 2010 2:24 PM
Last Edited 600 days ago

Ol' man Honda must be spinning in his grave. Honda is a motorcycle company first. Yeah, all the cars, lawnmowers, and generators are nice but it's bikes that's the company history. And Mr. Honda loved winning - something this team hasn't done since 2006. I don't want to hear all that BS about Rossi leaving Honda - Honda was a top team when Rossi was riding tricycles. It falls on team management. Instead of treating Pedrosa and Puig like employees they have treated them like bosses - this has never been the Honda way. It's like they handed them the keys to the team. Which is incredible considering he hasn't bagged a MotoGP title, hasn't shown he can develop a bike, hasn't shown he is a team leader. He's only blamed everyone else - Hayden, Dovi, Michelin, Honda engineers, etc. Honda has been playing too much politics with Dorna and inter team politics and has dropped the ball on both team management and bike development. As someone who owns a Honda (my 2nd one) it's been painful


February 05, 2010 8:09 AM

"So, curious what the Rossi haters have to say about this....." Rossihaters?? What Rossihaters?? mean those people who look at say the Ducati, Suzuki or Tech 3 garages and see mature, team oriented riders who don't feel threatened by the guy next to them. They then take a look at the precious princesses in the Honda and Yamaha pits, shake their head and think to themselves WTF :rolleyes:

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