– In an interview with Akira Nishimura revealed by Motomatters.com, HRC Basic Supervisor Tetsuhiro Kuwata and RC213V improvement chief Takehiro Koyasu analyse the manufacturing facility’s least profitable season of the four-stroke MotoGP period.
“It’s fairly easy. We misplaced completely all through the 2020 season,” says Kuwata, pulling no punches. “Nonetheless, we additionally realized so much from these defeats, and we imagine these hardships will make us even stronger.”
Aside from the huge blow of Marc Marquez‘s harm, Honda struggled with the revised 2020 Michelin rear tyre.
“The query was methods to perceive the 2020 tyre and methods to exploit its ‘really feel’,” says Koyasu. “We repeated a means of trial and error many occasions, then began shut statement for the rear suspension stroke to cope with the problem we had…” [Motomatters.com]
– It isn’t simply riders that get poached by rival groups, with engineers and workforce managers usually buying and selling locations. Among the many newest strikes is knowledge engineer Jenny Anderson’s change from KTM to Repsol Honda. Mat Oxley at Motorsport Journal offers a historical past of the primary paddock headhunting. [motorsportmagazine.com]
– Iker Lecuona could not have had any apparent signs when he contracted Covid on the finish of final season, however the Tech3 KTM rider has revealed it did have a noticeable influence on his stamina. “My cardio outcomes weren’t nearly as good as regular. That is why I am coaching so much on my bike this winter and go snowboarding three or 4 occasions per week. I additionally jog – I actually work on myself so much. It is getting higher, however it took me a while to make up for the loss.” (Speedweek.com)