Despite bad weather, Stefan Bradl has completed his first laps with the Honda RC213V during the second day of testing at the Jerez circuit, on 21 January.
The session was not particularly useful for the SBK riders in attendance, but the German test rider did get out on track for a brief shakedown with the 2021 Honda MotoGP.
Significant development work
Unable to work on the engine, as per the regulation, the Japanese engineers are focusing their efforts on the frame, electronics and aerodynamics.
Honda’s work has involved the development of a frame that differs from that used during the second half of last season (it looks like the engine fastenings have changed in order to alter the weight distribution), as well as a new, redesigned swingarm for increased stiffness. The goal is to improve the bike’s dynamic qualities, making it easier to ride and enhancing rider feeling. The Japanese technicians also want to get the Michelin tyres working as well as possible, with the 2020 compounds set to remain the same in 2021. The exhaust system is also updated, now a different length and with collectors that are smaller in diameter.
In Japan they want to "tame" the RC213V so that it can be ridden by everyone, and not just Marc Marquez. It is not yet known when the Spaniard will be able to return, and he will almost certainly be replaced by Bradl during the first part of the season.
With the Sepang MotoGP test now cancelled, Stefan Bradl and Honda will be back at Jerez next week, ahead of Pol Espargaro’s first outing, scheduled to take place during the Qatar test sessions on 6 and 7 March.
Translated by Heather Watson