We brought to the attention of our readers at the beginning of the MotoGP season the fact that Honda had chosen a development path for its Open class bike that put it at a great disadvantage in comparison with Yamaha’s, and now Ducati’s Open bikes.
The results have borne this out, as the riders aboard the Honda RCV1000R are found well down the standings in 12th, 13th and 14th position after the completion of the first five races.
The basic complaint concerning the bike, including the primary criticism from former champ Nicky Hayden, is that the RCV1000R is down on power significantly compared with the competition. The handling of the bike is satisfactory, apparently.
According to a story posted at GPOne.com, in 2015 Honda is expected to do what Yamaha did this year by providing essentially a full factory bike to the Open class teams, absent the seamless transmission that the factory Repsol Honda riders enjoy. Of course, that factory bike will be running the series’ spec software, not custom factory software.
The new bike will have all the other advantages of the Open class machines, such as more fuel, a greater number of engines during the year, unlimited engine development, and softer rear tire.
There is even speculation in the GPOne.com article that one of the riders of the RCV1000R will have a chance to ride the full factory spec Open class bike for the last four rounds this year, beginning at Motegi. That would be the rider with the highest points total at that point. Currently, Nicky Hayden has the highest number of points of the riders on this machine.