“We look forward to being competitive”
As the culmination of an unforgettable weekend, with Nicky Hayden winning the MotoGP World Champion title, which was awarded to the North American rider on Sunday in Valencia, the Repsol Honda Team officially introduced yesterday, at
the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, the RC212V, the bike that Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa are going to use next year, featuring a 800 cc engine, built to conform to the new MotoGP Grand Prix rules.
Honda's research and development department, has worked intensely to make the second generation MotoGP machine extremely agile and drivable, thus allowing the team to continue in the front row of the class and to defend the title achieved this year.
The bike already had its public track debut on September 29, in Motegi, the day after the Japanese GP, and despite the test being made for an initial assessment, Pedrosa was able to clock highly respectable lap times. The bike was shown yesterday for the first time with its definitive decoration. The presentation was attended by specialised international media representatives and was chaired by Honda HRC Managing Director Satoru Horiike, Repsol Sponsorship Director Javier Inclán, and both Repsol Honda Team riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa.
Jaume Giró, General Director of Repsol, said: "Nicky Hayden's World Championship, the Teams' Championship and Dani Pedrosa's 'Rookie of the Year' Award achieved yesterday, Sunday, were the end of the first chapter of a new way to understand sports sponsorship: We stake on people, on team work and on keeping a continuous and tight relationship with all agents making up the Repsol Honda Team. Today we're looking at the future with the introduction of this new bike, with which we are sure to be able to enjoy again big success and achieve the highest goals, putting it in the hands of our riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa. Repsol and Honda are once again giving their best to create a bike that is once more a reference in the Motorcycle World Championship."
Satoru Horiike, Managing Director of HRC, added: "We are satisfied with the progress of the RC212V prototype. Under the leadership of Takanori Okuma, the project team has remained well on schedule with the development and testing programme set by HRC.
We are confident that winter testing will be positive and look forward to being competitive in this exciting new era for MotoGP."
Takanori Okuma, Honda R&D RC212V Large Project Leader, commented: "When we started development of the 800cc machine, effectively the "second generation" of Honda's MotoGP project, we gave top priority to the pursuit of excellent handling and drivability. For the newly-reduced engine capacity of 800cc, we decided a V4 was the most efficient layout. Rather than focusing solely on top-end power, we also concentrated on producing good power delivery characteristics, which can have a significant effect on lap times. Using enhanced control systems, the result is an engine with good drivability in the low and mid ranges, and excellent power under acceleration when the engine is at the top of its range."
"On the chassis side, we further enhanced the "mass concentration" package developed for the RC211V to improve the agility and quick handling characteristics of the bike. The outward appearance is aggressive and appropriately innovative for a new generation of bike, affording both drivability and aerodynamic efficiency. We will continue to evolve the bike before the season opener and throughout next season," concluded Takanori Okuma.Honda RC212V Technical Specifications
Overall length : 2050mm
Overall width : 645mm
Overall height : 1125mm
Wheelbase : 1440mm
Road clearance : 125mm
Weight (kg) : over 148kg
Engine type: liquid-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4 valve V-4
Displacement : 800cc
Maximum power : N/A
Frame type : twin-tube
Front Wheels (inch) : 16.5
Rear Wheels (inch) : 16.5
Front Suspension : Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension : New Unit Pro-link
Fuel tank capacity : 21 litre
Repsol Press Release