Maverick Vinales, the only non-KTM rider in the top seven during last week's opening Moto3 test of 2012 at Valencia, believes his FTR-Honda needs more engine performance relative to the Austrian machines.
Last year's rookie 125cc race-winner finished the three day test just 0.1sec behind Red Bull KTM's Sandro Cortese, but the next best non-KTM rider was Monlau Competicion Honda's Miguel Oliveira in eighth (+0.9sec).
"The bike feels good and the chassis and suspension are at a really high standard now,” said new Repsol rider Vinales. “We will continue with our chassis and suspension work in Jerez next week.
“We need some improvement made to the engine, as we lack acceleration and two or three km/h of top speed, but a positive to highlight is that it is a progressive [smooth] Honda engine."
The Jerez test takes place from February 16-18.