Cal should be fast-tracked by Honda

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Off the back of Cal Crutchlow’s dou­ble wins in 2016, LCR Honda boss Lu­cio Cecchinello says he’s hope­ful of an im­proved re­la­tion­ship with Honda af­ter a suc­cess­ful meet­ing with the firm’s top bosses in Ja­pan.

The Ital­ian flew straight from Lon­don, where he saw Crutchlow pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious Tor­rens Tro­phy at the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club, to Honda’s Tokyo head­quar­ters – and came away cau­tiously op­ti­mistic.

He said: “It was in­ter­est­ing, be­cause it was the first time I have been in Honda’s head of­fices – nor­mally I go to HRC. It was a good meet­ing. They’re work­ing hard to im­prove the bike, and it’s clear that Honda are com­mit­ting more and more to the satel­lite teams be­cause they can see the other man­u­fac­tur­ers do­ing the same.

“Last year they won the con­struc­tors world cham­pi­onship by only 13 points – and Cal scored 70 points for them!”

How­ever, while he’s ex­pect­ing in­creased sup­port, the size and breadth of Honda’s rac­ing op­er­a­tions means that it’s un­likely that the satel­lite teams will see the speed with which they re­ceive new parts dra­mat­i­cally in­creas­ing.

“HRC is work­ing in many mo­tor­sports dis­ci­plines, and that’s why they can’t pro­duce ev­ery sin­gle new evo­lu­tion part to test for three or four rid­ers.”

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