The Honda is an almost perfect bike, as long as it is Marc Marquez who rides it: this is the common opinion in MotoGP and the results of the last few years have done nothing but confirm it. The champion from Cervara has won an endless number of titles with the RC213V but the other riders have struggled and not just a little. The most striking case has been that of Jorge Lorenzo, who threw in the towel after a year, but Crutchlow has also not had an easy life.
“The bike is more physically demanding than the others that’s for sure” explained Cal in an interview with Crash.net. “So, when you get a good result on it, I feel it means more. One of the reasons it is like that is because we can push so much in the braking zone as it is a very strong point of the Honda. You can brake later and harder and force the bike more. On a bike like that the concentration level has to be 100% all the time.”
Marquez manages to get the best out of it, but it has often been said that the Honda should be made easier to ride. The Briton had also supported this idea, but he also understands Honda's way of thinking.
“I think HRC does a great job of listening to all the riders, but Marc has won lots of championships and is simply the best in the world right now” he observed. “Given that he can win championships on the bike as it is, why would they change if that is the aim of racing?”
Crutchlow doesn’t believe that it makes sense to carry out a parallel project…
“I don’t think that would help honestly,” he declared. “It’s very hard to develop one style of bike let alone two or three. I think it is down to the rider to try to ride what they have underneath them to the best of their ability, it’s really down to the rider to make the difference.”
This doesn’t mean that Cal cannot have his say on development, even if it is one of the tasks that he likes less.
“Honestly, I don’t really like testing too much, I prefer to race,” he confessed. “I just do a lot of laps testing to try to improve, give the best information to my team and HRC as I can for the sake of the greater good. I have always been able to test things fast and understand them well which is why I often have to get through such a big workload in testing.”