Sepang MotoGP test: Front-end feel ‘worse’ than 2019 – Crutchlow - Bikesport News

Sepang MotoGP test: Front-end feel ‘worse’ than 2019 – Crutchlow

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LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow has found positives with the new RC213V at this year’s Sepang MotoGP test but one of them isn’t the front end which he says it probably worse than in 2019.

The British rider’s team have been burning the midnight oil in order to find him a solution but at the moment, nothing seems to be working.

“We’re making modifications to the bike throughout the day, throughout the night,” said the Isle of Man resident.

“We made more modifications last night to improve it, which was a good job by my team and by Honda because every night they’ve been here till midnight, 2am trying to build stuff that might work.

So, for the moment, my front-end feeling is maybe even a little worse than last year, which is not so positive. But there are positive areas of the bike. The engine seems better than last year, which is always good.”

Crutchlow is looking for a way out of Honda’s traditional stop-go way of cornering which the bike doesn’t like.

“We can’t flow through the corners, we make the corner way too much like a V, which was always the Honda style but at the moment and with the Michelin tyres you can’t do that.

“You have to make more corner speed and this bike doesn’t allow us to do that. We need to improve that turning, that front end feeling to be able to do that.”

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