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New Honda V5 test halted at Brno

New Honda V5 test halted at Brno

New Honda V5 test halted at Brno

With the majority of MotoGP teams and riders staying on in Brno after yesterday's Grand Prix, a full day's work testing was scheduled today for a large chunk of the MotoGP class. Things seemed to be progressing as normal as riders from Honda, Yamaha, Ducati, Kawasaki and Suzuki took to the track during the morning. However, shortly after the hour-long lunch-break, it was announced that the eagerly-awaited first appearance of the latest spec Honda RC211V would not take place in the afternoon as has been expected.

The new machine was set to have been tested by the senior HRC riders Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi, but with the announcement, both riders were forced to stick with the bikes they used in yesterday's race, with Gibernau in particular aiming to find the cause of the fuel management problem which blighted his machine on the final lap of the Czech GP, and brought his race to an end.

"The factory have been running a parallel test on the same machine in Japan today, and we found a problem which meant our riders will not be testing the new bike on safety grounds," stated Honda spokesman Ian Mackay. He continued; "We cannot say what the problem is, other than the fact that it was felt that until the causes of this problem have been analysed and solved, it was safer for today's test at Brno not to go ahead. The safety of our riders is paramount, of course."

Honda could not confirm whether the bike would be available to the riders for tomorrow's second day of tests.


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