Honda get TT bid back on track

Com­plete change of elec­tron­ics help get Guy on the pace at lat­est test

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - By Oli Rushby MCN SPORT RE­PORTER

It’s been a tough year so far for Honda Racing, with star rider John Mcguin­ness ruled out of this year’s TT af­ter a se­ri­ous crash at the North West 200 ear­lier this month and Guy Martin strug­gling to find any­thing like the fron­trun­ning pace we all ex­pected on his road racing re­turn.

But there could be light at the end of the tun­nel for the Louth-based squad af­ter a pos­i­tive test at Cas­tle Combe last week saw Guy Martin feel­ing much more com­fort­able with the Fire­blade SP2 af­ter a switch from Honda’s kit elec­tron­ics sys­tem to the MOTEC sys­tem used by their Bri­tish Su­per­bike team.

The switch comes af­ter the team have so far been un­able to iden­tify the cause of Mcguin­ness’s North West crash, with the 23-times TT win­ner hav­ing re­ported the in­ci­dent was caused by his throt­tle sticking open or en­gine not shut­ting off. While post-crash checks re­vealed the ma­chine was me­chan­i­cally sound, the squad have been un­able to re­trieve the data from its ECU to es­tab­lish the ex­act cause.

“The team has checked the bike thor­oughly and could es­tab­lish there were no me­chan­i­cal is­sues on the bike. The dat­a­log­ger and ECU have been sent to our sup­plier to ex­tract the data from John’s bike,” read a state­ment is­sued to MCN by Honda Mo­tor Europe.

“Due to the dam­age the ECU has sus­tained, it is tak­ing longer than ex­pected to ex­tract de­fin­i­tive data so we’re still not 100% sure what hap­pened.”

How­ever, while they have been un­able to es­tab­lish the cause of the crash, the team are con­fi­dent the switch to MOTEC elec­tron­ics will solve the is­sues Mcguin­ness had re­ported.

“Al­though we have no de­fin­i­tive data on what hap­pened at the North West, based on the fact there was no ev­i­dence of any me­chan­i­cal fault, the team in­stead fo­cused on chang­ing the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the ECU and com­plete

‘They’ve switched to the MOTEC sys­tem used in BSB’

elec­tron­ics sys­tem as a pre­cau­tion, which per­formed per­fectly in a preTT test at Cas­tle Combe.”

While Guy Martin has ex­pe­ri­enced none of the prob­lems that Mcguin­ness had re­ported, the Lin­colnshire­man had men­tioned he was strug­gling to find a good feel­ing with the rideby-wire throt­tle con­nec­tion – an is­sue also re­ported by Honda’s rid­ers across the board with the new Fire­blade in Bri­tish Su­per­bikes and World Su­per­bikes.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to MCN sources, Martin was much more com­fort­able with the MOTEC sys­tem and lapped sig­nif­i­cantly faster around Cas­tle Combe than he had at ei­ther of Honda Racing’s pre­vi­ous two tests at the cir­cuit.

‘The elec­tron­ics per­formed per­fectly in a pre-tt test’

Guy is said to be feel­ing much bet­ter about the bike now it’s run­ning MOTEC

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