Honda rid­ers set to test 2017 bike

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

While most of the pad­dock headed home to rest be­fore three backto-back fly­away races, the Rep­sol Honda duo of Marc Mar­quez and Dani Pe­drosa, plus LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, re­mained at Aragon for a very im­por­tant test.

Sup­pos­edly run­ning a com­plete 2017-spec Honda RC213V for the first time af­ter test­ing the new en­gine af­ter the last round at Misano, MCN’S sources be­lieve the new bike will see a ma­jor de­sign change from the cur­rent model.

Run­ning only in pri­vate tests so far, some in­for­ma­tion has none­the­less leaked, in­clud­ing de­tails of a dif­fer­ent sound­ing bike for next year. De­part­ing from the ‘screamer’ en­gine of 2016, the new mo­tor may well fea­ture a ‘big-bang’ fir­ing or­der as used by its ri­vals.

Fir­ing two cylin­ders at a time in­stead of each in­di­vid­u­ally, the new or­der would help tame the ag­gres­sive­ness of the Honda en­gine, a com­plaint their rid­ers have con­sis­tently made.

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