Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez ended yesterday’s Brno MotoGP test questioning why he is forced to employ up to 65 degrees of lean angle on the RC213V.
Marquez spends most of his life right on the edge of grip and would prefer Honda to come up with a package that allows him to keep the corner speed but at a less extreme angle which would then allow more drive grip on exit.
“There were some interesting things we will be using in the next race. That being said, we’ve been working in the same direction as before, that’s good,” said Marquez, speaking at the track.
We try to make steering easier and less stress on the front tyre. And I want to know why I have to drive with that much inclination - this season up to 65 degrees. We have to find out. If you’re as good at steering with less tilt, then the grip is better. “
Marquez put in more laps than he expected to over the course of the day, using ‘many, many’ new items including another new frame.
“We had a lot to do. Honda also had a lot on it, including a new chassis and various aerodynamic parts. What I tried today felt very positive, we still need to analyse the data carefully. We may even homologate for Austria, the new fairing, but this is not sure yet. The chassis is very similar to my previous one but has some modifications.”
The frame in question is in between the standard frame as used by the LCR boys and the one full of carbon inserts that Marquez has been using for part of the year.