HRC introduces rear wheel speed sensor protector in Sepang

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The fallout from Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa’s Motorland Aragon incident has seen every single Honda fitted with a new carbon protector for the rear wheel speed sensor at this weekend’s Sepang race in Malaysia.

The small carbon protection will prevent a repeat of the freak incident involving the Repsol Honda pair at the last race, which effectively killed off Pedrosa’s hopes of winning the premier class title for the first time.

Pedrosa high-sided out of victory contention at the Motorland Aragon when minimal contact from Marquez severed a rear wheel speed sensor cable that disabled Pedrosa's traction control.

Speaking immediately after the Motorland Aragon race in Spain, HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto told MCN the exposed rear wheel speed sensor cable would be immediately modified for the Malaysia race and he said: “We have used this system for several years and never had this problem. But now it has happened Honda must fix it before the next race. We will do something different and we will have this for Malaysia."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt