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Assen MotoGP: Honda happy to put 2014 RCV race debut on hold

“The fact that they are happy with the 2013 version of the RC213V puts no pressure on us to race with the new prototype” - HRC executive vice president Shuhei Nakamoto.
The 2014 Honda MotoGP prototype, which made its public debut at last week's Aragon test, will not be seen again until mid-September at the earliest.

Unlike last year, when the 2013 prototype made its debut in a July test and was ready for the very next race, HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto said the '14 version will not return until after Misano - or even the post-season test at Valencia.

HRC explained that the absence of the usual mid-August Brno test had triggered the early evaluation of the 2014 bike - made by Repsol Honda stars Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, plus LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl.

'If the team had waited until the Misano test (16th September) it would be too late to make any big changes as a result of the feedback from factory riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez,' said a HRC statement.

After back-to-back trials, Pedrosa and Marquez preferred their present machine, with which Pedrosa leads the world championship by seven points from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Rookie race winner Marquez is third in the standings after six of 18 rounds.

"The test of the RC213V 2014 prototype has been very constructive," said Nakamoto.

"Dani, Marc and Stefan all gave us similar comments regarding the positive and negative aspects of the new bike and these will be very important in order to proceed with the development for next season.

"This test has also been very useful to work with the set-up of the current bike and help Dani and Marc find something they both like.

"The fact that they are happy with the 2013 version of the RC213V puts no pressure on us to race with the new prototype, so we will continue with its development as planned, and will be back in Europe to the test after Misano or for the one after Valencia."

The 2014 MotoGP rules for official manufacturers will require one litre less fuel per race and use of the standard ECU hardware.

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