Such is the case for MotoGP’s team Honda and Yamaha, who have, according to AMN, “been stricken with historic failings that break the serial achievements of many decades.”
Before bonnets are twisted, admit it – we kind of knew this was coming.
Recent coverage on a potential new chassis for Honda is now shared with the results of the recent race at Emilia-Romagna, where “Taka Nakagami crashed out, Pol Espargaro retired in pain, Alex Marquez’s ride-height gizmo giz-didn’t and Stefan Bradl overheated and finished last.”
The end result? A four-decade streak where ‘there was not a single race without at least one Honda in the points.’
With that bit more or less resolved, Assen’s contributions from the Japanese manufacturer saw ‘the third race this year that none of them – Franco Morbidelli, Andrea Dovizioso, [or] Darryn Binder – finished in the points,’ making Quartararo’s crashing out the more pivotal a problem for the team’s performance.
Now, Ducati’s eight machines wreak havoc all over the result sheets, and AMN points out why the other teams’ riders (Marc Marquez in particular) are struggling so much this season:
“Honda and Yamaha have disappeared down the same design wormhole. They have built fine racing bikes that only one rider can use to win races.
It’s been like that at Honda for the past several years. Understandably. Marc was brilliant from the start, and all development centred around him.
But his brilliance masked that the RC213V was becoming more and more of a handful, and tossing other fine riders, whose skill was never in question (Cal Crutchlow, for one), into the gravel with painful regularity.”
We look forward to seeing what Team Honda and Team Yamaha continue to give us in the coming season.
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