Honda has announced that its new 'Production' MotoGP machine, based on the factory's RC213V prototype and available for use by privateers next season, has completed its debut test at Motegi.
Development of the model is currently slightly behind schedule, but Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) and the unnamed test rider (the #37 suggests MotoGP test rider Takumi Takahashi) took to the Japanese Grand Prix venue on May 23-24.
“The test results showed more than what we had expected, in particular, with its running performance,” said Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of HRC. “We are very pleased at this stage and we will announce more in the not too distant future.”
As a non-factory entry, the new bike will be allowed a maximum of twelve engines changes per season (instead of five) and an extra four-litres of fuel per race.
The machine will run the full standard ECU system, while the factory machines will continue to use their own software. Other notable differences relative to the RC213V will be the lack of pneumatic valves or a seamless shift gearbox.
In addition to the full motorcycles being offered for sale by Honda, rival Yamaha is to lease M1 engines/a> to privateers next year.
Honda now intends to 'finalise the development and to announce the introduction of the model by the end of this year'.