While HRC is deciding which engine configuration will be used during 2017, Honda’s satellite riders must stand by until that decision is made. In theory, they will learn which motor they will be riding with this season at the Qatar test in a few days.
“The team showed me that I had him [Marc Marquez] riding behind me. Obviously I don’t want to show him my pace, so I had to stop my race simulation. The next time he does a race simulation, it will be my turn to bother him.” - Maverick Viñales
Season after season, the MotoGP factory racing department engineers strive to develop and advance their machines despite increasingly restrictive technical regulations. We sat down with the head technicians of each brand and asked each of them five questions about the direction MotoGP will take.
Some weeks ago the worldwide immense Chinese community celebrated the arrival of his New Year. In the Chinese horoscope 2017 is the the Year of the Rooster and one of our readers, Lee Meng Fei from Malaysia, has sent us the season predictions for the MotoGP top riders. Here they are...
There are many things that will never be seen or understood if you are not right where the action is taking place. What's more, there are things that even the sophisticated data collection systems mounted on the bikes are not capable of capturing.
When the obligatory winter testing moratorium began last November, Honda looked to be way ahead with developing the bike for 2017; everything seemed to be under control. But in Sepang they were speculating on whether to use a new engine or use an upgraded 2016 engine for the 2017 season.
The "aerodynamic peace" in MotoGP was short lived. After the controversy that caused the winglet ban at the end of last season, it was enough that one of the brands showed its alternative to the wings, so that its legality was put on the table, and we have a controversy once again.
Compared with the anxiety from the expectations among the Ducati ranks, and the confusion that prevails in Honda, the Yamaha box is a haven of peace. It exudes the sense that everything is evolving in the right direction and without any fuss.
"I am in the best moment of my career," says Andrea Dovizioso. For the rider from Forli, Italy, 2017 will be his tenth season in MotoGP and the fifth as a Ducati rider. Five years with more challenging than easy periods, Andrea has been on the hard road from nearly the beginning to the present day.