Contrary to what had been planned earlier, Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden won’t be testing Honda’s new pneumatic valve RCV212V engine after this weekend’s French MotoGP at the Le Mans circuit. Some technical issues are, apparently, still holding it back and the new 800cc V4 engine has not been dispatched from Japan yet.
‘Who doesn’t want a new engine, but what can I do about it? Something is obviously holding them back and there is no point in bringing it just for the sake of it. I think they are doing the right thing even though they are getting a lot of pressure for not bringing it. They are just waiting until it is ready,’ says 2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden.
In the meanwhile, Valentino Rossi isn’t getting a new engine either. Not yet anyway. Yamaha were supposed to bring in an updated YZR-M1 engine for testing, but after Rossi’s victory in Shanghai, the company has decided to wait a bit before beginning tests with the new engine. Rossi will now get to test the engine next month, after the Catalunya GP in Barcelona.
‘Our bike this year is fast and the straight now is not a nightmare and it is a lot easier. Looking at the performance of the bike in China, Yamaha has decided to wait. I think we will have it for the Barcelona test, but for now we will continue with the same spec bike as Shanghai. The plan was originally to have a different engine spec for Le Mans. We’ll stay for the test but only for tyres and settings,’ said Rossi, speaking to MCN. He added that the new engine would be more powerful, but without sacrificing any of the Yamaha’s smooth power delivery.
Chris Vermeulen looks happy with his new trike, Anthony West is happy with the arrangements made for the evening, and Stoner is a bit worried about everything
Chris Vermeulen pic: London Bikers
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