HONDA BACK ON THE PACE

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

There was light at the end of the tun­nel for Honda Rac­ing at Brands Hatch as they showed a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward with the new Fire­blade.

Af­ter lap­ping se­verely off the pace and strug­gling to get into the top ten at Don­ing­ton Park two weeks ago, both Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran and Dan Lin­foot were able to se­cure best re­sults of fifth af­ter a break­through at a quick test on the Honda at Mal­lory Park early last week.

The team had been strug­gling with the elec­tronic fly-by-wire throt­tle con­nec­tion – new for the Blade this year – but af­ter go­ing in an en­tirely new, sim­pler di­rec­tion the duo were able to push on with the bike for the first time this year.

“This week­end has pretty much been square one for us,” ex­plained O’hal­lo­ran. “Al­though we’ve done all the test­ing, been to Spain and had some UK tests, this week­end is the first time we’ve re­ally been able to change the chas­sis or give any feed­back.

“It’s the first time we’ve ac­tu­ally been able to push and work in the way we nor­mally work in­stead of com­ing in and telling the team we can’t ride the bike. Of course, we’re not happy with the re­sults and there’s still work to do, but we’re happy with the progress.”

Lin­foot (4) and O’hal­lo­ran are fi­nally get­ting there on the all-new Fire­blade

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