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Motorcycle News: ‘Honda Production Racer likely to use 23-litre fuel tank’

According to Motorcycle News, Honda is likely to fit a fuel tank of 23-litre capacity to its ‘Production Racer’, to be introduced into the MotoGP™ class in 2014. From the start of next year, Factory machines will be limited to running a maximum of 20 litres, whereas non-factories will be permitted to use a maximum of 24 litres.

“Our calculations say that for all races there will be no problem with 23 litres and they will not need to use a leaner mixture even with 23 litres,” Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of HRC, is quoted as saying. “At 22 litres the production machine would have to use a leaner mixture, so 23 is enough. To run the production bike with 20 or 21 litres is impossible, but with 23 litres of fuel on the production machine the rider will be able to use full power; at fuel-critical circuits such as Motegi and Silverstone, the factory prototypes will have to use a leaner mixture, so the gap between them will be closer.”

This week, former title winner Casey Stoner has been testing the Production Racer - which uses conventional spring valve technology and a standard gearbox - at Motegi. One of the riders racing it in 2014 will be Briton Scott Redding, stepping up to Gresini from Moto2™.

MotoGP, 2013

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