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New image for the Honda NSR500

New image for the Honda NSR500

Honda have decided to change the aerodynamic design of the NSR500 for next season´s MotoGP World Championship with the incorporation of a new front fairing. Japanese rider Daijiro Katoh has been the only man to test the new shape so far, completing several laps at official HRC tests at the Circuit of Catalunya and Phillip Island last month.

The most notable change to the fairing is that its appearance is very similar to that of the new 4 stroke RC211V. The rounded nose famously decorated last year by the number 46 of Valentino Rossi is a lot more pointed, with two large air intakes and much straighter lines. In fact, it is not dissimilar in appearance to the 4 stroke Aprilia RSW3.

The side panels are also different to the previous NSR500 design in that they stretch further back and cover much more of the bike than last year´s official Honda models in the half-litre class.

Finally, the tail has also been changed and brought into line with the RC211V. It´s dimensions have been significantly altered, exchanging length for width in order to completely cover the two silencers.

Honda will continue working with this new aerodynamic system but it is yet to be confirmed whether it will be limited to official rider Daijiro Katoh or whether it will be available to all the MotoGP riders on NSR500 machinery this year.

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