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MotoGP Valencia: Marquez describes new Honda engine

Marc Marquez believes Honda's new 2017 MotoGP engine provides more grip, is easier on the gas, but still lacks acceleration.
Marc Marquez has said Honda needs to “work much more” after he spent Wednesday assessing the 2017 engine, which has both good and bad points.

The 2016 world champion has complained of a lack of acceleration throughout the season, a feature he regularly had to overcome with breathless late-braking feats.

However, the test in Valencia showed that the engine does not remedy this weakness, although he did say it provides better grip, and more user-friendly when applying the throttle.

“All the day was on the new bike,” he said at the end of the second day, having finished just 0.196s off Maverick Viñales' fastest time of the day.

“Just at the end of the day I did another kind of long run with the current bike. Today again was like yesterday. We did a big change on the bike to try to understand.

“We spend the day not only playing with the springs to find the best way, we did a big change. Still we need to work because when I did the long runs it was a completely different bike to what I used in the race.

“But even like this I was fast but I was struggling in some points. You know, I'm happy about the job that we did here. We must work much more. Honda needs to work much more this winter to give me something more in Malaysia.

Pressed on where the 2017 engine is better, Marquez said, “Where is it better? It looks like I can have a little bit more grip. I can manage a little bit better with the gas, some positive things.

“Then also it's a completely different engine so the electronics, the base that we have is made for the current bike. This new engine, when the tyre drop, we still need to adjust many, many things. Our weak point that is the acceleration still is there.

“Today again was like yesterday. We did a big change on the bike to try to understand. We spend the day not only playing with the springs to find the best way, we did a big change.

“Still we need to work because when I did the long runs it was a completely different bike to what I used in the race. But even like this I was fast but I was struggling in some points.

“You know, I'm happy about the job that we did here. We must work much more. Honda needs to work much more this winter to give me something more in Malaysia.”






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mrfill

November 17, 2016 6:48 PM

If you ask any rider in any class what they want, they'll all say more power, more acceleration, better handling and better brakes. Thanks to the latest rules, no-one is going to get a massive advantage. The factory teams will improve more than the rest as they will throw more resources at it but it will be marginal. The one on top of the machine is still the biggest factor. Which is as it should be.

Garcia

November 17, 2016 3:08 PM

Form the comments it sounds as with the new engine should be more rideable, but the acceleration problem is still there. So not much change. It's still early prototype engine and they'll need to work during the winter so I think until Sepang next year nothing will be clear.



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