Cal should be fast-tracked by Honda
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.”