Honda, the smartest in the class

Stefan Bradl gets on the RC213V this Wednesday and Thursday in Jerez, weather permitting, to finalize the development of the bike before traveling to Losail.


A champion machine wanting revenge. This could summarize the philosophy that is driving Honda technicians this winter to perfect the engine, chassis, electronics, intake and exhaust of Marc Márquez, Pol Espargaró, Álex Márquez and Takaaki Nakagami's RC213V in their goal. to regain its hegemony in the queen class by winning, once again, the 'Triple Crown' (Drivers, Constructors and Teams World Championship) .

An arduous challenge, to achieve greater acceleration and top speed on the straights as well as a better integration with the Michelin rear tire mid-corner, which will take its first steps this Wednesday and Thursday in Jerez de la Frontera. As happened in 2020, Stefan Bradl will once again be the first rider to ride a MotoGP this year in the private test organized by the World Superbike in southern Spain.

"It would be ideal to be able to run the first races instead of Marc Márquez"

"My main focus is now on 2021. I am in very good physical shape after the 2020 season. I have ridden the Honda for almost 45 days since the GP of the Czech Republic in Brno at the beginning of August. I hope to be able to participate in the winter tests in Qatar. Now I have two days of testing in Jerez and I am sure that HRC will plan to do something also in February ", says Bradl.

The German rider, who will share the track with Maverick Viñales, Johann Zarco and Michele Pirro, although the Spanish, French and Italian will ride these two days in the Andalusia region with road bikes from Yamaha (Yamaha R1M) and Ducati (Ducati Panigale) , does not hide in 'Speedweek' how beneficial it would be for the development of the Japanese mount to be able to participate in the first races of the season in case the eighth champion needs more time to recover from his injury: "It would be ideal to be able to run the first races instead of Marc Márquez. I wouldn't have to wait four months from pre-season to the Brno test in August to get back on the bike and I could carry the momentum of testing in Qatar until early May at Jerez. "

100% probability of rain in Jerez de la Frontera according to the AEMET

The only setback that the Ala Dorada factory can find to return to being the smartest of the class is the weather. According to the State Meteorological Agency, there is a 100% probability of rain for both days in the city located in the province of Cádiz. An atmospheric phenomenon that can limit too much the mileage that Stefan Bradl accumulates on the back of the RC213V before setting course for Losail (Qatar) .

It should be noted that Honda does not violate any regulations with these tests, since the Jerez-Ángel Nieto track is one of the three circuits that the Tokyo brand has awarded for private training and the regulations establish that during the winter break only the pilots Officials with a contract cannot perform any type of test with a MotoGP, the testers being exempt, as is the case of Bradl.

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