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Honda 'fair' with its MotoGP rivals

“At F1, Ferrari has absolute authority. To be honest, we suffered a lot in that period. In MotoGP, Honda is in a similarly strong position but we like to be fair with our rivals” - Shuhei Nakamoto.
Shuhei Nakamoto, vice president of Honda Racing Corporation and formerly a senior member of the company's ill-fated F1 project, claims Honda is always fair with its MotoGP rivals - unlike Ferrari in F1.

Honda is the dominant MotoGP participant in terms of resources, contribution and history. Yamaha and Ducati are the other current premier-class manufacturers.

During a joint interview alongside HRC president Tetsuo Suzuki for LCR Honda's Inspire magazine, Nakamoto pointed out the effort Honda makes to support the sport - especially in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.

“Personally, I love both MotoGP and F1 in the same quantities. I am very proud to work at HRC because our company is able to support competitions and offer a great and lasting contribution to the future of the motorcycle racing world.

“Establishing the Moto3 class and providing engines for the Moto2 class are good examples for how much we can do.

“At F1, Ferrari has absolute authority. To be honest, we suffered a lot in that period. In MotoGP, in fact, Honda is in a similarly strong position but we like to be fair with our rivals. If we were to use our force, the MotoGP race would lose its appeal.”

Nakamoto was then asked, 'So Honda doesn't behave like Ferrari in the MotoGP, trying to make a biased racing environment?'

“That's correct,” he replied. “However so many people believe that Honda do whatever Honda wants! In fact they bash us about that frequently!

“Think about it like this - Honda provides the Moto2 engines without making a profit. It set up the Moto3 class to hold back the soaring spending of the GP125 class budget. And in the MotoGP class we are trying to keep fair regulations.”

Nakamoto has been a staunch defender of the need for MotoGP to retain is level of technical sophistication, in the face of cost-cutting proposals, resulting in a compromise being reached for 2014 whereby manufacturers will retain their own software within the new control ECU.

“I believe motorcycle fans love to follow the racing to see the advances in motorcycle technology, not just to witness the battles between riders on the track,” said Nakamoto.

Honda's Dani Pedrosa finished second in the 2012 riders' championship to Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

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Bond - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 7:02 AM

But Daijiro and Valentino both say "Please solve this issue and I'll do the rest".” which is what Vale was trying to do at Ducati, but Preziosi was the stubbon mule and wouldnt listen.


November 23, 2012 6:51 AM

Sorry Nakamato San, I disagree. Everyone knows the MSMA is run by Honda. What is the result after 10 years of Honda management ? Only the strongest survived. Now with 3 manufacturers left this championship is a shadow of its former self. Quite fair indeed. Honda has cheated on their opponents with 5 cylinders weights proposals since day 1 of the motogp era. Honda stated that a 5 cylinder should weighs the same weight as a 4 cylinders because nobody "seemed" to care about this motorization. But Honda was secretly testing a 5 cylinders already. Just a big advantage taken in an unfair manner. Also, the incessant 990cc to 800cc to 1000cc juggling and drastic fuel reduction has had a brutal impact on small motogp manufacturers. For Information, Kawasaki claimed way before 2007 that a new 800cc project, only 3 seasons after their courageous come back in motogp, would be too costly and would be a killer for them. Do not forget that Honda still pulled the trigger. We all know that the Con

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