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Nakamoto: “Lots of small improvements”

Nakamoto: “Lots of small improvements”

The HRC Executive Vice President discusses the reasons behind the impressive pre-season performances of the Honda RC212V in a video interview.

On each of the six days of pre-season testing which have so far taken place at Sepang in 2011 the Honda RC212V has topped the timesheet, with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa breaking under the 2’00” barrier in the last meeting at the Malaysian circuit last week.

The Repsol Honda duo’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso has also been impressive, as has San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli, who was the fastest rider at the first Test at the start of February.

In the attached video interview HRC Executive Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto, discussed the progress of the prototype. “It’s difficult to explain! We tried many different things but for each item that improved it was a very small one. We at HRC continue to develop a lot of things,” he said.

“Last year, for the second half, our results were not too bad until Dani’s accident at Motegi. At that point we found the direction for the machine development and then we could keep this direction with the chassis, engine, electrics, suspension, brake etc… From there everything in the bike was step by step, all very small improvements. Of course we have to continue developing it.”

One of the things aiding the Japanese factory’s work has been the unity in opinions of the riders, with respect to what needs to be worked on, said Nakamoto.

“The directions are very similar, all riders have a similar programme and all riders complained of similar things. At the moment all Honda riders are complaining about braking stability, and we are concentrating on fixing this area. We have tried clutch and engine control system, and it’s getting better but there’s still work to do,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2011, Repsol Honda Team

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