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HRC´s Hamane: `In 2008 we will win everything´

HRC´s Hamane: `In 2008 we will win everything´

After returning to winning ways in the MotoGP World Championship with Nicky Hayden in 2006, Honda had a difficult adaptation to the 800cc cylinder capacity switch last season.

After returning to winning ways in the MotoGP World Championship with Nicky Hayden in 2006, Honda had a difficult adaptation to the 800cc cylinder capacity switch last season. HRC Director Masumi Hamane admits that the factory had their problems, but is now adamant that 2008 is `make or break´ as they look to take back the title from Casey Stoner and Ducati.

`Our victory at the last race of 2007 (Dani Pedrosa´s win in Valencia) came about thanks to the relationship and confidence between the human side of Honda and the machinery. With this in mind, there are no excuses after last season,´ says Hamane.

`In 2008 we will win with everybody together. It will be an important season. The goal is to be number one and we will be back to take the titles.´

Last season was perhaps most difficult for former World Champion Hayden, as he struggled with the Honda RC212V. The American earned plaudits for his attitude in the face of adversity, refusing to let a bad word pass his lips when questioned about the performance of his bike.

`I respect Nicky a lot,´ said a grateful Hamane. `It´s difficult to not point the finger at people, but he doesn´t do it and always tries his hardest. Everyone wants to be like him, and his attitude has attracted a lot of sympathy from everyone, including Honda.´

On Pedrosa, the only Honda rider to win a premier class race last season, Hamane was equally praising.

`He always tries to win, and I respect anyone who puts their heart and soul into the competition,´

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MotoGP, 2008, Repsol Honda Team

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