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Honda gives update on production MotoGP racer

"Our plan was to test a prototype version of the machine at Brno [August] but now it will probably be after the [end of season] Valencia Grand Prix."

Nakamoto hopes all of the 2014 riders will be able to try the new bike at Valencia, but that no rider or team deals were yet in place.

Asked how many of the bikes HRC expect to sell, Nakamoto replied: "Five riders. We can make more, but five is a reasonable number I think."

The availability of additional privateer machines (Honda) and engines (Yamaha) are required to ratify the previously announced 2014 technical changes, which include allowing the manufacturers to keep using their own software with the new-for-2014 control ECU.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Brno , Valencia , Sepang

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Sasha - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 7:35 AM

@redlinepix Why do they need to change the rules? If you now buy a chassis from X, the engine from Aprilia, wheels from Marchesini, brakes from Brembo, suspension from Ohlins, etc, etc and pay a ****load of money while you still have to build it all and make it work (gamble).... Or you can buy a ready racer from Honda, where Honda already put the time in to make it work and negotiate all the deals with suppliers and gives you maintenance support while you still spent the same amount of money.... If it is fast enough, my money would go to Honda and I'd have a ready bike on the grid where my rider and me can focus on racing and not on acquiring, building and testing.

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