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MotoGP: Marquez, Pedrosa test 2017 Honda engine

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa try 2017 Honda engine.
Repsol Honda MotoGP riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa got their first taste of the 2017 RC213V engine during a private test at Misano in Tuesday.

This year's engine was radically redesigned to feature a counter-rotating crankshaft, although much of the expected benefits have been dwarfed by problems in adapting to MotoGP's new unified ECU software.

In particular, Honda riders have consistently battled to control wheelies under acceleration. MotoGP's engine development regulations do not allow any design changes during the racing season.

As well as the 2017 engine, Sunday's race winner Pedrosa and world championship leader Marquez also worked on set-up for this year's machine, ahead of the final five races.

The test was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed due to bad weather.

Tagged as: Honda , Dani Pedrosa , Marquez

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September 14, 2016 9:41 AM
Last Edited 2 days ago

IvorBueb: If Honda get their homework right Repsol could be a lot stronger next year. I think they kinda got caught on the wrong foot initially this year with the Michelins and the stock ECU.
I do not subscribe to the idea that Honda have an inferior bike : Honda - 6 wins this year. Yamaha - 5 wins. Ducati - 1 win. Suzuki - 1 win. Honda - 16 podiums this year. Yamaha - 14. Ducati - 7. Suzuki - 2. That picure is CLEAR ! In MotoGP engineering EVERYTHING is a trade-off. Ducati has amazing speed and acceleration at the expense of cornering (wings!). Yamaha is smooth on the bends & acceleration at the expense of top-end speed, so on long straights it has a disadvantage on Ducati and Suzuki, and on twisty slow tracks it has a disadvantage to Honda and Suzuki. It goes on ... The Honda : lacks smoothness on corner entry and exit with Marquez's riding style, but looked pretty smooth WINGLESS under Dani at Misano ! Different strengths, different trade-offs !

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