Again, the Honda MotoGP-team has problems with its engine before season-start. Exactly one year ago, they had already issues at the sepang-test.
The engine was too aggressive, but Marc Marquez still won the MotoGP-title, not only because of its big talent, but probably also due to big mistakes from Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo during the 2016-season.
Honda reacts to previous issues with the engine and experiments with a new engine in big-bang style. With a big bang engine, Honda hopes for a better handling compared to the former screamer engine.
The big problem is, that the season start is in less than two months. And it isn’t sure at all, if the developments are finished until season-start in Qatar. Further developments during a season aren’t allowed.
Marquez says, that there’s one engine which is similar to the former one and another engine that is a whole new development. ‘‘ At lower revs, the new engine is a bit nicer to ride and not too aggressive. But it isn’t perfect, there are some problems at the corner exit, there isn’t much grip.‘‘
Not only Marquez and Pedrosa, but also Crutchlow will be experimenting with both engines until Qatar-race.
The continuous change between these two engines isn’t easy, the characteristics are so different, so it’s very difficult to get used to the bike Crutchlow explains.
According to Marquez, the reason for the insufficient Grip is the electronic configuration. The engine needs a whole new setup. ‘‘We have to develop a new Mapping‘‘, says Marquez.
This will need some time, it doesn’t mean that the eletronic-setup for an engine will work, just because it worked on a specific track. Of course the ideal case is that the setup will work over the whole season, on every track.
It is not sure, which engine Honda will take. The decision will be taken after the six test days in Phillip Island and Qatar. After Honda’s decision at the end of the Qatar-tests while 10th to 12th march, they have only nine days to produce 35 engines for the HRC-riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, as well as for the riders Cal Crutchlow (LCR) and Jack Miller and Tito Rabat (Marc VDS) .
We are excited how Honda will solve this problem.
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