Honda get TT bid back on track
Complete change of electronics help get Guy on the pace at latest test
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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