Honda “far from ready” with MotoGP 2022 motorcycle
Honda failed to win a race in 2020 for the first time since returning to the premier class full-time in 1982, and although Marc Marquez has won three grand prizes this year despite a serious arm injury, the RC213V does turned out to be a problematic bike.
All of its riders suffered from a lack of rear grip, which had the effect of hampering them in the turns and pulling them out.
Honda unveiled a radically different RC213V prototype for 2022 during the Misano test in September and continued to develop it last week during the Jerez post-season test.
LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami finished second overall at the end of Jerez’s two days of testing, while Honda factory team rider Pol Espargaro was seventh – while Marc Marquez was absent, having missed the last two rounds of 2021 with vision problems.
âIt’s not easy to answer because sometimes we just don’t know,â Puig told motogp.com when asked what stage of development Honda is at with the RC213V 2022.
âAfter performing a test, the engineers have to collect all the information and, of course, decide on the direction or the way forward.
“So in which part of the development [we are]: we test and develop at the same time.
âI mean, there is no limit to development, you can always develop.
âWe’re trying to figure out what’s best for our riders, based on different chassis and engine setups, and that’s what all manufacturers do.
âI would say that we are still far from ready, but very important and crucial test here.
“In our complicated situation with our riders, Marc not being there, we are receiving good information.”
Speaking exclusively to the Spanish edition of Motorsport.com Motorsport.es, Puig was optimistic about Honda’s work so far on its 2022 challenger.
“The conclusions are positive because we have found a direction in which to continue the work,” he added.
âWhen the bike is tested by different riders and each one tells you a different thing, it is very complicated, but fortunately the opinion of our riders is very similar and it is very important, because you realize that the work that we started in Misano and what we said as we were going to try to do for this test in Jerez worked. And that’s positive. “
Espargaro says the missing rear grip on the 2021 bike came with the new prototype, but notes that the front “suffers more” now.
“Without a doubt, this is the grip I was asking for, they have worked a lot on this aspect and we have taken a big step forward,” said the Spaniard.
âWhen you generate a lot of grip at the rear, other issues arise, especially at the front, which suffers more. Maybe we need a softer tire.
“But we got what we asked for and now we have to do our job and return the effort.”