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MotoGP Brno: Factory engine for 2015 Open Honda

"This year's Factory engine specification, we will give for next season"
HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto has confirmed that the 2015 Open class Honda will be powered by this year's Factory class MotoGP engine.

The debut season of the Honda RCV1000R Production Racer has seen the 'for sale' machine struggle for engine performance.

As a result the 2015 bike will run the pneumatic-valve RC213V engine, which world champion Marc Marquez has taken to victory in all ten races so far this year.

"This year's Factory engine specification, we will give for Open class machine next season," said Nakamoto.

The Open machine will not have the cutting edge seamless shift gearbox of the Factory bikes. But, by running the Open class control ECU, it will still be eligible for extra race fuel and a softer rear tyre.

Honda's move mirrors that of Yamaha, which has supplied Factory class engines, chassis and swing-arms to the Forward Racing team this season.

Aleix Espargaro has taken the package to a pole position and is seventh in the world championship, but it is unclear if Yamaha will continue to supply chassis parts in 2015.

Does Honda feel they misinterpreted the rules by believing the Open bike had to be sold?

"Open class is Open class. You can lease or you can sell. No mention [in the regulations]," replied Nakamoto, who admitted: "This is the reason we are thinking to lease the Factory engine for [the Open class] next season."

Aspar, Gresini and Cardion AB currently run the Open class Honda. LCR are also rumoured to be looking to acquire one of the upgraded bikes next year for Moto3 title leader Jack Miller.

"We are very interested in Jack. We are talking, but nothing is done," said Nakamoto of the growing Miller-to-MotoGP speculation.

There was no word on the price of the upgraded Open Honda package, but it could well blur the line with the satellite Honda machines (at Gresini and LCR) in terms of cost and performance.

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August 15, 2014 1:01 PM

throttlemeister: Mind you, the open class was *intended* to have factories *sell* bikes at a price much more affordable to price point to lower cost of entry to the class and increase the size of the field. It was *not* intended to be able to compete with the factory bikes, nor as a loophole to get more than 4 factory bikes of one manufacturer on the grid.
You are 100% correct.. The production bikes were intended to compete against the CRT's. Honda built exactly what they were instructed to build. Yamaha, by dragging their feet on if they were going to lease or sell their engines to prospective teams lucked into the current situation when Dorna decided to drop the CRT's. Honda being Honda, already had been hard at work for close to a year building what was originally was called for. With the CRT's out of the picture, a whole new set of regs appeared and Honda was screwed. Order will be restored next season.

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