Sport Crutchlow praises 'special' 2018 Honda prototype

22:50  14 november  2017
22:50  14 november  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Marquez happy with new engine, has 'doubts' over new chassis

  Marquez happy with new engine, has 'doubts' over new chassis MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez praised the new 2018 prototype engine Honda brought to the Valencia test, but admits he still has ‘doubts’ about the chassis upgrade he also tried. Marquez had three bikes to work with during the two–day test at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit: the bike he raced in Valencia, a 2017 bike with a new chassis, and a 2018 prototype. LCR’s Cal Crutchlow labelled the 2018 prototype as ‘special’ after he tried it on Tuesday, while Marquez – who ended the test fastest of all, setting his best lap on Wednesday on the 2017 bike – heaped praise on the new engine. The Spaniard was pleased with the low and top-end power he could extract from the new motor, and felt the engine worked well with Honda’s electronic set-ups – an issue which plagued the team druing the 2017 pre-season when it rolled out its ‘big-bang‘ engine. “Always when you get a new engine they try to give more power to you, and we gained, especially on the bottom, we gained a little bit more power,” Marquez explained. “Also in the top, we gained there. Still they are looking forward to doing more steps. Like always, they are trying to improve the performance. “I’m happy because it’s the first time that with such a new engine I feel inside the parameters, you know? “Normally every year I was starting here and we were talking one year ago here, saying the electronics are not there, we need to work on the electronics.

Cal Crutchlow talks 2018 Honda prototype , Jack Miller's Ducati MotoGP debut. So I think it's the first [version]. They will for sure make changes to it. But if you look at it, it's special . No doubt about that.

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LCR’s Cal Crutchlow labelled the first iteration of Honda’s 2018 RC213V ‘special’ after turning 30 laps on the new bike on the first day of the Valencia test.

HRC brought three of its new RC213Vs, one for both factory Repsol riders Marc Marquez and DaniPedrosa, and one for Crutchlow – who is now riding under a factory contract with Honda, albeit in LCR colours.

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The 2018 bike is comprised of a brandnew chassis and engine, among numerous other big changes, with the Honda riders asking for the 2017 machine’s strong braking to be retained while making the motorcycle easier to handle.

2017 world champion Marquez tops final day of Valencia test

  2017 world champion Marquez tops final day of Valencia test World champion Marc Marquez signed of the 2017 MotoGP season with the fastest lap of the two–day Valencia test, the Spaniard 0.403 seconds clear of Honda team–mateDaniPedrosa. Pramac’s Jack Miller – who was fifth fastest on Tuesday – was the first to register a laptime after 40 minutes of the session had passed – the Aussie setting a benchmark of 1m33.567s. However, before he could improve, Miller crashed at Turn 10 and did not return for some time as his GP17 was repaired. This off meant the rest stayed in their garages until the temperature had risen a little more. 20 minutes into hour two saw several riders head out, with KTM’s Pol Espargaro going top with a 1m31.681s, before Marquez set his best lap of the test with a 1m30.288s. Once again, the factory Honda duo of Marquez and DaniPedrosa, and LCR’s Cal Crutchlow, spent more time running the 2017 and 2018 prototype RC213Vsback–to–back. Marquez’ time stood until the final hour, when he bettered it with a 1m30.037s on the 2017 bike. A follow–up tour saw him lower his best pace to a 1m30.037s , and this remained unchallenged through to the chequered flag. Team – mate Pedrosa also set his best lap – a 1m30.436s – on the 2017 bike, the Valencia Grand Prix winner edging Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco in third by 0.003s.

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Crutchlow was the first rider to venture out on the new Honda, and was pleased with how it performed on his way to 10th on the timesheets with a 1m31.259s – though admits his LCR team still has work to do having done very little to it setup wise on Tuesday.

“We are very positive that HRC has given us a new bike this early,” enthused Crutchlow, who ended his third year with LCR and Honda ninth in the standings.

“Ever since I first jumped on it I’ve felt quite good.

“From what I’m aware the bike was on track three days ago, and then we have it now.

“So I think it’s the first (version). They will for sure make changes to it, but if you look at it, it’s special. No doubt about it.

“It’s something significantly different to what we had before. We have to be pleased with the way it’s come out of the crate, but we still have work to do.”

Rossi will decide MotoGP future 'after some races' in 2018

  Rossi will decide MotoGP future 'after some races' in 2018 Valentino Rossi says a decision will not be made on his MotoGP future past 2018 until several races have passed next year. The nine-time world champion signed a two-year extension with Yamaha prior to the Qatar Grand Prix last year, with many speculating that this contract could be his last in grand prix racing. However, the Italian – who is coming to the end of his 21st year in grand prix racing – has still proven a competitive force in the premier class, winning three races in the last two seasons and finishing runner-up in the standings to Marc Marquez in 2016. Rossi has always maintained that he will carry on past 2018 so long as he is still able to fight at the front, and once again reiterated this point prior to this weekend’s season finale in Valencia. “I think after some races next year (I will make a decision),” Rossi said on Thursday. “Because at the end of the next season the contract finish. “I have to see my speed, if we are competitive. We have to make good work with the bike, and after some races we can speak with Yamaha and decide if continue or not.” Rossi looking towards ‘important’ winter Rossi and Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales have struggled with the 2017 YZR-M1, particularly with its chassis. The team has introduced two chassis updates across the season, including a prototype 2018 frame, in order to cure its grip issues in high temperatures and in wet conditions.

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Newlycrowned world champion Marquez – – remained reserved with his opinion of the new bike, and is keeping his attention focused on further evaluating the 2018 RC213V on the final day of running on Wednesday.

“Today we tried our current bike, then our current bike with a slight modification, and then the prototype,” he said.

“I can’t say a lot because we still need to adjust many things: it’s a new chassis, new engine, new exhaust, many different things.

“And now it’s important to understand well and try to improve tomorrow.

“To understand which are the best points and what are the weak points, and find a good compromise.”

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Marquez takes pole for title decider despite crash, Dovizioso ninth .
Marc Marquez will start the 2017 MotoGP title decider from pole position despite a late crash, while main rival Andrea Dovizioso will start from a lowly ninth. Marquez was in imperious form throughout third and fourth practice, and immediately set the benchmark pace in Q2 with a 1m30.424s, though only by 0.036 seconds over Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo’s charge was derailed shortly afterwards, however, when he suffered a fast front-end crash at Turn 13 while on a quick lap. The Spaniard was able to rejoin the session, but could not improve on his 1m30.460s. Team-mate Dovizioso‘s opening half of Q2 was not much better, the Italian – who trails Marquez by 21 points in the standings and needs to win on Sunday to stand a chance at becoming champion – was 12th after his initial laps. Keen to cement his eighth pole of the year, Marquez overstepped the mark on the first flying lap of his second run and crashed at Turn 4. This could well have proven costly as Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco fractionally set the best second sector of the session. However, the French rider dropped time over the rest of the lap and could only manage second. Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone went third quickest to secure his first front row start since the season-opening round in Qatar. Lorenzo heads the second row following his crash, while Honda’s DaniPedrosa and Ducati test rider Michele Pirro join the Spaniard.

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