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Sport Crutchlow: Honda doesn't need to change bike philosophy

17:42  06 august  2020
17:42  06 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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Cal Crutchlow doesn ' t believe Honda will change its philosophy to make a more user-friendly MotoGP bike in light of Marc Marquez's injury, and doesn ' t think it needs to . Reigning champion Marquez broke his right humerus in a crash during the Spanish Grand Prix while recovering from a

LCR MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow doesn ' t believe Honda will change its philosophy to make a more user-friendly bike in light of Marc Marquez's injury, and doesn ' t think it needs to .

Cal Crutchlow wearing a hat: Crutchlow: No need for Honda bike philosophy change © LAT Images Crutchlow: No need for Honda bike philosophy change

LCR MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow doesn't believe Honda will change its philosophy to make a more user-friendly bike in light of Marc Marquez's injury, and doesn't think it needs to.

The reigning world champion broke his right humerus in a crash during the Spanish Grand Prix while recovering from a spectacular front-end slide while leading earlier in the race.

He missed the Andalusian GP following surgery - despite his best efforts to return - and will sit out this weekend's Czech GP after undergoing a second surgery after damaging the plate at home.

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Cal Crutchlow says the 2020-spec Honda MotoGP bike is “maybe even a little worse than last year” at turning after the second day of pre-season testing in “You have to make more corner speed and this bike doesn ’ t allow us to do that. We need to improve that turning, that front end feeling to be able to

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The RC213V has won six of the last seven titles in MotoGP with Marquez, but has been notoriously tricky to ride - with Crutchlow telling Autosport ahead of the first Jerez race that the front end of the Honda was still "critical".

Crutchlow was a lapped 13th in the Andalusian GP, still suffering from the legacy of a broken left wrist sustained during warmup for the Spanish GP, but LCR team-mate Takaaki Nakagami scored his best-ever finish in fourth.

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Honda has repeatedly refuted the notion that its bike is difficult to ride, owing to its success in the last decade, and Crutchlow doesn't feel - so long as it has Marquez - that it should do anything to change the bike too much.

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Cal Crutchlow says he “begged” Honda to let LCR MotoGP teammate Takaaki Nakagami test the current While Nakagami did back up his complaints, Crutchlow says his teammate purely wanted “to go He put in the new development soft rear tyre, he just wanted to go fast so he could say 'I need a

" Honda has a World Superbike team and there's always a chance for him if he wants to contemplate this option, with our new bike , because also the Commenting on this, Crutchlow says he doesn ' t see a return to WSBK - where he raced in 2010 - as a "downgrade", but his focus remains on staying

"They won't change their philosophy I'm sure, because the bike is capable of winning with Marc and has been capable of winning with me," the Briton said when asked by Autosport if Honda will look to change its philosophy going forward.

"Taka [Nakagami] showed last week that the 2019 bike was competitive again even this year.

"I don't think they will change the philosophy. I also don't think they need to change the philosophy.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Crutchlow: No need for Honda bike philosophy change © LAT Images Crutchlow: No need for Honda bike philosophy change

"What I have been asking for over the years is a more neutral bike and easier bike to ride it over a season that all the riders can be competitive, like we see with other manufacturers.

"It seems the Honda is a lot more difficult, you can either win on it or be 15th.

"I don't think they will change the philosophy, and I don't see the need to.

"I've always agreed with their philosophy of why would you change the bike when they keep winning the championship with a rider - doesn't matter which rider wins the championship with Honda.

"Marc has been incredible over the years for them and keeps winning the title, so why would you change it?

"And if I was the engineer and if I was the people working at HRC I'd do exactly the same thing."

Honda and Marquez will continue together for the next four years, after both parties agreed a new deal earlier in the year.

In the past two MotoGP seasons, only Marquez and Crutchlow have gotten the RC213V to the podium, with both Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo failing to get to the rostrum in their final campaigns.

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