HONDA GOES BACKWARDS IN BID TO GO FORWARDS
Throughout winter testing Honda were the factory team with the most problems. At times they were a second off the pace, but despite their obvious issues Marquez somehow conjured up a podium in Qatar and a win in Argentina. The results were far better than Honda could have hoped for, so what changed?
Where the Yamaha, Suzuki and Ducati are all designed to roll through corners on a long arc the Honda has historically used a more V-shaped line – something they are looking to change by reversing the direction of their crank.
MCN spoke to Shinichi Kokobu, HRC’S Technical Director, who explained what they’ve done.
“Both the new engines trialled last year were similar in concept with some small differences; now