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Rid­ers Nicky Hay­den, Michael van der Mark, Takumi Taka­hashi

Grid po­si­tion 5th Race po­si­tion DNF

The mood was as low as you can imag­ine in the HARC-PRO garage when Nicky Hay­den pulled out of Honda’s home race with en­gine prob­lems. This may well be the best Blade in the world but that doesn’t mean the team aren’t ea­gerly await­ing the chance to fight back next year with a hot new Blade.

Fuel tank

The tank was the big­gest dif­fer­ence to the Honda WSB ma­chine ac­cord­ing to Nicky Hay­den. The for­mer Mo­togp cham­pion ad­mit­ted that it took him a long time to get used to the higher and heav­ier tank.


Built and pre­pared by Nissin, the sys­tem in­cludes quick re­lease calipers that al­low the team to sim­ply re­place the en­tire unit in­stead of hav­ing to re­place pads dur­ing the race.

Fair­ing ven­ti­la­tion

Echo­ing the orig­i­nal Fire­blade, the Honda’s fair­ing is drilled to aid ven­ti­la­tion in the fear­some heat of Suzuka. Not as hot as past races this year, air and track tem­per­a­tures none­the­less peaked at 38˚C and 60˚C at their hottest.

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