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Honda´s Herring talks 2008, Biaggi and two-strokes

Honda´s Herring talks 2008, Biaggi and two-strokes

With the 2007 season - comparatively unsuccessful by Honda's high standards - drawing to a close, attention has inevitably turned to next season's projects across the three cylinder classes.

With the 2007 season - comparatively unsuccessful by Honda's high standards - drawing to a close, attention has inevitably turned to next season's projects across the three cylinder classes.

motogp.com caught up with Chris Herring from the Japanese factory to discuss the 2008 bike, the plans for a reduced 250cc setup and the rumours abounding the paddock that Max Biaggi has been in discussions to return to MotoGP with the Gresini satellite team.

"The 2008 machine is coming along well; we can expect to have our riders using it at the post-race test at Valencia next month," said Herring.

Rivals Suzuki and Yamaha have already given a public showing to their base prototype for next season, and the former will be on track with the 2008 GSV-R this weekend with wild card Nobuatsu Aoki.

Honda last year showed their cards early with a test at Motegi for the first development of the RC212V, but this year will wait until all unfinished business from the current season is concluded.

One spot in the Honda 2008 line-up is still to be decided, as Fausto Gresini has yet to confirm which rider will partner newcomer Alex de Angelis in the Bridgestone-shod satellite team.

A shock late candidate has arisen in the form of former MotoGP rider Max Biaggi, who is currently without a position for 2008 and has spoken with Gresini according to the Italian press. Biaggi has had run-ins with Honda in the past but, as Herring explains, the approach has primarily come from the team.

"I think that the situation at the moment is more about a conversation that Fausto has had with Max, with a view to finalising the rider line up, than anything to do with Honda specifically," said the Briton.

The final part of the 2008 jigsaw comes in the lower cylinder classes. Honda will scale down their 125cc and 250cc projects for the coming year, uninterested in devoting time to two-stroke bikes with a switch to four-strokes possibly on the horizon.

"Two-stroke bikes require a lot of resources, and Honda are not really looking to develop them when we have the change up to four-strokes," commented Herring.

In the rest of the exclusive interview, the Honda man comments further on the decision by Team Roberts to discontinue their association with the factory as recipient of their engines.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Max Biaggi

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