Honda: "we made a mistake in setting our target"

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by just bob, May 10, 2007.

  1. just bob

    just bob Guest

    Honda admit mistakes with 800cc bike

    By Michele Lostia and Glenn Freeman Thursday, May 10th 2007, 10:00 GMT

    Honda have admitted that they set their targets too low for the first year
    of 800cc bikes in MotoGP.

    The reigning champions have struggled to keep pace at the front of the
    field, and world champion Nicky Hayden has had a particularly troubled start
    to the defence of his crown.

    Satoru Horiike, managing director of Honda HRC, believes that there is a
    large room for improvement with the new RC212v machine, as the Repsol Honda
    team chase their first victory since last July.

    "We must recognise that we made a mistake in setting our target, our bike
    needs a more powerful engine," he was quoted as saying by Italian magazine

    "The limit we set ourselves for the first year of 800cc wasn't the right
    one. It was thought that the 800s would have taken more time to beat the
    990s, but they managed it immediately.

    "Our bike it not at the level it should be at this point of the season. We
    are improving top speed, but it is not enough."

    Horiike has praised the efforts of Ducati, as the Italian team have been
    dominant so far this season with Casey Stoner.

    "Ducati have done a very good job," he added. "Their bike is faster than
    ours, and their performance has pushed as to make a bigger-than-expected

    Hayden has struggled much more with the new bike than his teammate Dani
    Pedrosa, and Horiike admitted that the team are working hard with the
    American to improve his fortunes at the moment.

    "Nicky is making a big effort to adapt to the bike," he said. "He's trying
    to change his riding style. For him this bike is harder than for Pedrosa,
    but we're trying to meet his needs."

    Hayden is only ninth in the standings after four races this season. While
    Pedrosa is third, he is already 37 points adrift of Stoner, and 22 behind
    Valentino Rossi.
    just bob, May 10, 2007
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    T3 Guest

    Russ, exactly what did they say that wasn't apparent to everyone? Other than
    the bullshit lip service about "we're trying to meet his needs," what else?
    T3, May 11, 2007
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  3. just bob

    Mark N Guest

    Well, Horiike strongly suggests the target they missed was a
    horsepower target, and I suspect that's a bit disengenuous, the real
    target they missed was a weight target, and at 110 pounds it was about
    40 pounds too light... ;)
    Mark N, May 11, 2007


    Michael.Pasturi, May 12, 2007
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