It’s fair to say it’s been a tough year so far for the Honda Racing squad, with star rider John McGuinness ruled out of this year’s TT after a nasty crash at the North West 200 earlier this month and Guy Martin struggling to find the pace on his road racing return.
But there could be light at the end of the tunnel for the Louth-based squad after a positive test at Castle Combe last week saw Guy Martin feeling much more comfortable with the Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 after a switch from Honda’s kit electronics system to the MoTeC system used by their British Superbike team.
The switch comes after the team have so far been unable to identify the cause of McGuinness’ North West crash, with the 23-time TT winner having reported the incident was caused by his throttle sticking open/engine not shutting off. While post-crash checks revealed the machine was mechanically sound, the squad have been unable to retrieve the data from the machine’s ECU to establish the cause.
“The test last week as good and I am happy with the Fireblade and the changes the lads have made,” said Martin after the test. They have been grafting away and have made a good job with the changes, which showed at the test. I’m grabbing the bull by the horns now and really riding it, whereas before I was just making some small improvements, but now, we are getting somewhere. Let’s see what happens at the TT!”
For a full update on Honda’s situation, pick up tomorrow’s MCN news.
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