Nakamoto on new bike and rider line-up for HRC

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto spoke exclusively to motogp.com about the team’s future rider line-up, as well as the 2013 bike, which could even be implemented this year.

The Japanese outfit revealed today that it had not only retained Pedrosa’s services for another two years, but had also signed Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez for the same period of time. Speaking about the rider line up, Nakamoto said: “Next year we have a very strong team. Dani, everyone knows he’s very strong. He’s never won the championship, but every time he’s had some accident or injury. But this year he’s in very good condition and he’s clearly showing his potential. Also Marc, we don’t expect too much for the beginning of the season, but we believe he will be able to reach the top level in the middle of the season. Even though Marc is a rookie, he will be good for the bike development. But Dani’s comments are the most important thing for us.”

He also disclosed that at Monday’s test, the team will be testing two 2013 specification machines, which may even be run this season, should the riders like them. He commented: “Monday we will have a completely new machine. We will bring two, one for each rider. Originally this bike was next year’s prototype, but we have to fix the [bike to cope with the] new tyre’s construction. We decided that if the riders are happy, we will use this machine even for this year.”

He kept tight lipped on what the specific changes were, but also said that a new engine would be tried out as well: “And also we will bring a new specification engine. The basic specification is the same, but it has a little more power. The bike looks very similar, but has something different - I can’t give details. Chattering is the biggest problem for us, but it’s not only chattering. The front tyre squashing too much [is a problem] as well. [Solving everything] is not easy.”

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