What’s wrong with Honda?

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The 2016 sea­son has been a hard one for all the rid­ers on the Honda RC213V, from Marc Mar­quez on the Rep­sol bike to Tito Rabat on the Marc VDS ma­chine. But why is the bike that was ut­terly dom­i­nant in 2013 and 2014 strug­gling to show any form in 2016?

The prob­lems all seem to stem from 2015, and the di­rec­tion in which HRC de­vel­oped the engine then. Build­ing a more ag­gres­sive ma­chine, the fac­tory rid­ers were al­ready ask­ing for a tamer ver­sion of the bike for this sea­son.

But what they got in­stead was a bike ev­ery bit as ag­gres­sive. And it seems to also be lack­ing in top-end power and ac­cel­er­a­tion, which is very un-honda like.

Slow on cor­ner exit and ag­gres­sive on cor­ner en­try, the new engine means that itõs a strug­gle to match the op­po­si­tion Ð and it shows just how ta­lented Mar­quez is to still take the pack­age to the ti­tle lead. And, with engine de­vel­op­ment now locked down for the sea­son, thereõs noth­ing that Honda can do to rec­tify the prob­lem un­til the end of the year.

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