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The en­gine prob­lems that have plagued Honda’s Motogp en­gines for two sea­sons have not been solved by the de­but of a new model at the Va­len­cia test.

Strug­gling since the start of the 2015 sea­son with ac­cel­er­a­tion and top speed, an is­sue com­pounded by Motogp’s de­vel­op­ment rules mean­ing fac­tory en­gines must be sealed at the start of the sea­son, HRC have switched fir­ing or­der to a big bang for­mat en­gine for next year – but ac­cord­ing to world cham­pion Marc Mar­quez, it hasn’t brought the im­prove­ments they wanted.

“It’s bet­ter to ride in that you can open the throt­tle a lit­tle eas­ier and con­trol the bike bet­ter, but still the torque maps are not made for the en­gine, so some­times you’re rid­ing and it feels un­pre­dictable, with an un­usual char­ac­ter of the en­gine,” he said.

“We need to ad­just the elec­tron­ics to the new en­gine - it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent en­gine and the elec­tron­ics we have are for the old one. At the mo­ment the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the new bike is the same – no big dif­fer­ence.”

Honda will be hop­ing to take sig­nif­i­cant steps for­ward at their next test in Jerez this week.

Putting your fin­gers in your ears won’t make it any faster Marc

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