HONDA CBR1000RR SP FIREBLADE
MUSASHI HARC-PRO Racing
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.
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.
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.