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Honda bring all-new RS250 to Motegi

Honda bring all-new RS250 to Motegi

Honda bring all-new RS250 to Motegi

Honda uncovered the latest phase of development of their new quarter-litre proposal in Motegi, with two units of the all-new RS250. Haruchika Aoki, who has been developing the machine at all rounds of the 2002 World Championship, took delivery of the latest prototype ahead of his home round and is joined by HRC wildcard Yuki Takahashi. Leading the assignment is former 500cc Grand Prix winner Tady Okada.

`This machine is completely new – built using the data gathered throughout the season by Haru, and also by our riders in the All Japan Championship as well as our own test riders,´ explained Okada, who made his last GP appearance at Phillip Island in 2000. `This weekend we get the chance to work closely with Haru, which is not always so easy for the European rounds, and we also have Aoyama riding the kitted RS which he uses in the All Japan. Takahashi is only 18 years old and is very talented. At the moment sponsorship in Japan is very thin on the ground so it is important for Honda to try and bring these young riders through´.

Aoki admitted that it was difficult to evaluate the new machine at this stage, but was confident that the changes made will make a marked improvement. `A new motorcycle requires a completely new setting, so that is what we are looking for this weekend,´ explained the former 125cc World Champion. `The main changes have been made to the chassis, and I can feel that in some corners it is a lot better than before. We have to learn quickly how this new bike works and when we find the right settings I am sure it will be a huge improvement.´

250cc, 2002

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