Takeo Yokoyama admits that now Honda’s development is starting to lag behind other manufacturers in MotoGP.
Spielberg, runganSport — Eleven races of the 2021 MotoGP season have passed, but none of the four Honda riders have made it into the top 10 of the standings.
This is a very clear sign that something is wrong with the Honda RC213V motorcycle.
There has only been one win in the last two seasons, which was won by a Repsol Honda rider, Marc Marquez at the German MotoGP yesterday.
Takeo Yokoyama, who is the Technical Manager of HRC, acknowledges the problem.
“The first half of the 2021 season will be difficult. That’s not what we want. Because we are Honda, our aim is always to be at the top, as we have been in the past. say Yokoyama as reported Tuttomotoriweb.
Marquez is the best Honda rider, is 11th in the standings with 59, with four points lower behind LCR Idemitsu Satellite rider Takaaki Nakagami in 12th, team mate Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol in 14th , with newcomer Repsol Honda, Pol Espargaro just in place
15th with 41 points.
“Obviously we have a problem. We’re behind the others, I think that’s more than clear. What’s the real problem? I still think our biggest problem is getting the most out of the rear tire that Michelin introduced last year. carry on Yokoyama explained.
Japanese engineers are working to make improvements to the bike this season, but the various solutions tried so far have not solved the problem.
“What can I say, we keep working and we bring something new to every race, sometimes hardware, sometimes something in electronics or even something in racing style. exciting the Japanese man.
Like in Austria yesterday, Marquez had time to test the new chassis, but not all Honda riders got it, because it was still being tested.
“We made this chassis only during the summer holidays. We have five weeks, but designing and building a chassis in five weeks is not easy.
So we can only bring one. We thought about which racer should try it first.
In this case, based on the new chassis concept, we decided to ask Marquez to give it a try.
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It’s also risky because we only have one unit.” concluded Yokoyama. (DN / eV)