Honda Strikes Back?
Monday, November 09, 2009

Sha-wow-a! Seeing Ohlins suspension on a factory Honda signals that HRC will leave no stone unturned in their 2010 title fight.
image by Lloyd Dobler
Honda's MotoGP effort will see tiny, but not insignificant, changes as they push for the 2010 MotoGP title. Winner of the 2009 250 world championship, Honda has not won the MotoGP title since Nick Hayden brought home the last 990cc MotoGP title in 2006.

HRC team riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will return to the factory squad, with the latter enjoying a new crewchief after the departure of Pete Benson.

While not known for headhunting crew members from other teams, Honda has hired at least three electronics technicians from the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP team. And, it is known that they have purchased a complete Magneti Marelli engine management system which, coupled with the team's use of Ohlins suspension this season, signals to some that Honda is ready to adopt a partial 'can't beat 'em, join em' attitude for an all-out title run. Dani Pedrosa tested Ohlins suspension today at Valencia.

Ducati team manager Livio Suppo will join HRC and will work in both rider development and sponsorship procurement.

There's no shortage of talent at Honda for 2010. Gresini Honda will feature Marco Melandri and current 250 phenom Marco Simoncelli next season—the latter, many see as a possible Italian successor to Valentino Rossi.


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