– Honda was the first MotoGP manufacturer on track this year when test rider Stefan Bradl took part in a private test at Jerez on Wednesday and Thursday.
Unfortunately, bad weather restricted the number of useful laps, but the German did get to try some notable updates to his RC213V.
GPone.com was present to snap photos of the new Honda, with the visible changes including a revised frame, swingarm and exhaust. Like most manufacturers, Honda cannot modify its engine design until the end of the 2021 season.
Bradl is expected to be back at Jerez next week for more laps with the new bike, which will be given to the race riders when Official pre-season testing gets underway in Qatar, in March. [GPone.com]
– Bradl wasn’t the only Honda rider ‘back in the saddle’, with injured world champion Marc Marquez posting about his two-wheel comeback on social media. Unfortunately, it was only indoor cycling…
– Having won 125cc, Moto3 and Moto2 titles, does Aki Ajo still harbour ambitions to one day take his team to the premier-class?
“I have certainly thought of the MotoGP World Championship in the past,” Ajo said in an interview with Speedweek.com. “On the other hand, I am happy with the work we did with the young pilots in the two small classes.
“I am happy with the position that we have achieved within the KTM Red Bull structure. It is our responsibility to scout talents and develop them for higher tasks and classes.
“… If at some point our partners want to change our position and offer us a new job, I’m always open to anything. But at the moment I am happy that we are overseeing such a promising young talent project for Moto3 and Moto2. ” [Speedweek.com]
– Valentino Rossi has been keeping in shape by indulging in some flat track and motocross training at his Moto Ranch in Tavullia. The cancellation of the Sepang tests means the Italian will not get to make his Petronas Yamaha debut until March.
— Valentino Rossi (@ValeYellow46) January 22, 2021
— Valentino Rossi (@ValeYellow46) January 20, 2021