Dovi would get on Márquez's Honda in a symbolic way

Simone Battistella confirms that the Italian would agree to test the RC213V in the Qatar tests in case the eighth champion could not participate.


A thousand-sided rubik's cube. This is how the three-way soap opera starring Andrea Dovizioso, Honda and Marc Márquez could be defined during the winter break of the MotoGP World Championship. The presence of the eighth champion in the test of Qatar 1 (March 6-7) and Qatar 2 (March 10-12) on the back of the RC213V remains a total unknown, despite having resumed physical training seven weeks after undergo surgery for the third time at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid for the humerus fracture that occurred in the last laps of the 2020 Spanish GP.

A withdrawal, which if confirmed in the coming weeks, would force the Ala Dorada factory to look again for a replacement to complement the development work that Pol Espargaró, Álex Márquez and Takaaki Nakagami will carry out in Losail. An interim contract of five days, at the expense of knowing if Marc could be present on the grid of the Qatar GP 2021 (March 28), which Dovizioso would accept without any problem in a symbolic way in case the Tokyo brand chose him instead of Stefan Bradl or Álvaro Bautista.

The Honda - Dovizioso - Qatar trio would intrigue MotoGP fans

"Now that I think about it, if there were a token call from Honda to meet us and discuss Andrea's performance with that bike during the Qatar tests, I would say yes we would accept. We are talking about a winning bike and a rider who has always been very strong in Losail. A combination that I think would intrigue all motorcycling fans, "says Simone Battistella, representative of the Forlimpopoli rider, in 'Sky Sport MotoGP'.

Similarly, Battistella points out that Dorna's refusal to give HRC a favorable treatment by allowing them to put a third RC213V in the Repsol Honda for Andrea in 2021 increases the chances that the Italian will take a sabbatical year to focus on motocross: "Honda, assuming that both Andrea and I are very sorry about what is happening to Marc Márquez, it is clear that he is evaluating exactly when his driver can return. In my opinion, they are rightly afraid of making mistakes in such a delicate situation. The month of February will be crucial for your decisions. For our part, we have rejected all the test rider proposals to be free and do something else, but also to be ready to get back on the grid. Andrea is training for motocross at an amateur level , but he's doing it with as much intensity as if he were in the middle of the MotoGP preseason. To be honest, I don't think Honda is going to let Dovi start the championship and then come down mid-season. The hypothesis of starting with Pol Espargaró and then putting on a third motorcycle when Márquez returns is not feasible, among other things because Carmelo Ezpeleta has already expressed his opposite opinion, so there are not many more variables to explore. So we will work this year to fully return in 2022 ".

The secrets of the new Honda RC213V

As happened last season, Stefan Bradl was the man chosen by HRC to begin gathering information about the news that the department led by Takehiro Koyasu and Takeo Yokoyama have been developing this winter to gain power and Top speed on the straights and fine-tune the interaction with the Michelin rear tire mid-corner.

With these premises, in the two test days that Bradl participated last week in the province of Cádiz and which will continue this Wednesday and Thursday in another private test, the most visible improvements that could be achieved were a new chassis with a main beam of Wider aluminum to try to harmonize the longitudinal, lateral and torsional stiffness of the bike, a new larger carbon fiber swingarm and rear fender, a new rear brake caliper and a new more pronounced and slender exhaust, which even reaches protrude under the tail in its central section.

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