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Nakamoto: 2014 RCV could make race debut in September
24 July 2013
HRC Executive Vice-President Shuhei Nakamoto has revealed that Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez could race a 2014 version of the RCV in September.
The 2014-spec machine was unveiled following the Motorland Aragon round and Pedrosa and Marquez will again test the bike at Misano in mid-September, when each will have the option of continuing to use the bike for the remainder of the season.
“We tested in Aragon. Both riders found positive and negative points,” Nakamoto told MotoGP.com
“We are now making the next step and we will be able to test again after Misano. If the riders are happy, we will start to use (the 2014 machine).”
Nakamoto also gave an assessment of the performances of Pedrosa and Marquez prior to the summer recess following the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca.
“We are happy. Both of our riders have done a very good job; we are leading the riders' and the constructors' standings, but the gap between Yamaha and us is quite small,” he added.
“We are trying very, very hard to win the championship, not only at the circuit but also in Japan. I am very happy.
“I am quite impressed by what Marc has done; he is growing a lot and it is much more than I expected.
“Especially in the second half of last year, Dani was very, very strong. Looking at general characteristics, the Yamaha is strong on some circuits and the Honda is strong on others,” said Nakamoto.
“In the second half of the season, Dani likes the characteristics of the circuits and they suit both him and the Honda package. We hope and expect Dani to be strong again, like last year.”Be there! CLICK HERE to see ticket prices for the remaining rounds of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship from the Official MotoGP Ticket Store.