Pol Espargaro says Honda riders “expect a lot of new things” on the bike for the second half of the 2021 MotoGP season after a tough start to the year.
Though Marc Marquez did score Honda’s first win since 2019 with a sensational comeback victory in Germany, Honda has struggled to get close to the podium this season with its problematic 2021 RC213V.
Honda currently sits fifth in the constructors’ standings, just 24 clear of Aprilia and 98 adrift of Yamaha following the first nine races of the 2021 campaign.
A lack of rear grip has been the main issue for Honda riders in 2021, which is affecting acceleration and the braking phase of cornering, while the Honda remains difficult in qualifying trim.
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Over the course of the past 12 months, MotoGP has taken one of its biggest technical jumps in recent years, as ride height adjustment devices have become de rigueur across the grid – and with reigning world champions Suzuki now the only team absent the vital component, this year’s summer break could well be a make-or-break time for it to catch up with its competitors.
Ride height devices are an evolution of the holeshot device first introduced by Ducati at the end of the 2018 season, to ensure that the Desmosedicis get a better start by locking out the front suspension. First trialled by Jack Miller, it means that no power is wasted in compressing the forks when riders release the clutch, ensuring a few vital hundredths of a second off the line.
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