Sport Crutchlow praises 'special' 2018 Honda prototype

22:50  14 november  2017
22:50  14 november  2017 Source:

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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.

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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.”

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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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Finland’s NikiTuuli will join Britain’s Andrew Irwin at the CIA Landlords Insurance–backedPTR Honda team for the 2018 World Supersport Championship. Tuuli made his WorldSSP debut towards the end of the 2016 season, taking a KallioRacing–backed Yamaha R6 to podiums at the Lausitzring, Magny–Cours and Jerez. The Finn was retained by Kallio Racing for his first full assault in WorldSSP for 2017, though endured mixed results aboard both the old and new model of the R6. Despite his inconsistency, Tuuli managed to win the French round from pole position, while also taking to the podium in third in Thailand. He ended the year seventh in the standings with 82 points. “I’m really excited about joining the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda team and also looking forward to the upcoming season,” said Tuuli. “There are a lot of new things coming ahead and I’m waiting eagerly for our first test session so that we can start building our package. “Honda is a new bike for me, but I know the bike is great and the team also has a long history with Honda. “I’m really confident that we can be a winning combination. I would like to thank Simon (Buckmaster, team boss), the whole team and my sponsors for this great opportunity. “I’m ready for the next season with a hard working attitude.

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