Honda shows off 2014 MotoGP contender

Honda unveiled a new version of the RC213V at Aragón during a MotoGP test session.
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Honda's Takeo Yokoyama presents the 2014 machine © Photo courtesy of Repsol Honda team
By Romelle Young

During a three-day MotoGP test session at Aragón, Honda unveiled the 2014 RC213V machine. The new version of the bike has an all-new chassis and engine in anticipation of the new reduced fuel load mandated for the next season.

"This is the prototype of the 2014 machine," explained Takeo Yokoyama, technical director at Honda. "It is a completely new bike, both in terms of engine and chassis. Our plan is to test it now in order to be able to eventually do some changes before the post-race test in Valencia in November.”

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A side view of the 2014 Honda RC213V © Photo courtesy of Repsol Honda team

“If Dani and Marc find something in the bike that they feel is a really big improvement compared to their actual RC213V," Yokoyama continues. "HRC will do its best to provide it later this season as we did last year”

After testing the machine on Wednesday, Dani Pedrosa confirmed he would stick with his 2013 prototype for the forthcoming round at Assen, while Marc Márquez is set to make his debut on the machine much sooner. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl also managed to give the new bike a shakedown on Tuesday.

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