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Sport Crutchlow praises 'special' 2018 Honda prototype

22:50  14 november  2017
22:50  14 november  2017 Source:   readsport.co

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LCR's Cal Crutchlow labelled the first iteration of Honda 's 2018 RC213V ' special ' after turning 30 laps on the new bike on the first day of the Valencia test.

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LCR’s Cal Crutchlow labelled the first iteration of Honda’s 2018 RC213V ‘special’ after turning 30 laps on the new bike on the first day of the Valencia test.

HRC brought three of its new RC213Vs, one for both factory Repsol riders Marc Marquez and DaniPedrosa, and one for Crutchlow – who is now riding under a factory contract with Honda, albeit in LCR colours.

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Crutchlow was the first rider to venture out on the new Honda, and was pleased with how it performed on his way to 10th on the timesheets with a 1m31.259s – though admits his LCR team still has work to do having done very little to it setup wise on Tuesday.

“We are very positive that HRC has given us a new bike this early,” enthused Crutchlow, who ended his third year with LCR and Honda ninth in the standings.

“Ever since I first jumped on it I’ve felt quite good.

“From what I’m aware the bike was on track three days ago, and then we have it now.

“So I think it’s the first (version). They will for sure make changes to it, but if you look at it, it’s special. No doubt about it.

“It’s something significantly different to what we had before. We have to be pleased with the way it’s come out of the crate, but we still have work to do.”

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Crutchlow 's role is becoming increasingly important for HRC and at Jerez, it was the LCR rider who continued with the development of the 2018 RC213V. “It was a tough and tiring day - he admits - but we managed to get a lot of positives and information for Honda on the new prototype bike.

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Newlycrowned world champion Marquez – – remained reserved with his opinion of the new bike, and is keeping his attention focused on further evaluating the 2018 RC213V on the final day of running on Wednesday.

“Today we tried our current bike, then our current bike with a slight modification, and then the prototype,” he said.

“I can’t say a lot because we still need to adjust many things: it’s a new chassis, new engine, new exhaust, many different things.

“And now it’s important to understand well and try to improve tomorrow.

“To understand which are the best points and what are the weak points, and find a good compromise.”

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Camier hails 'great start' to life at Honda .
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