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MotoGP, Nakagami: "Honda still in crisis? Blame the Japanese method."

"Technicians want to make sure every detail works, and if deciding is already time-consuming, implementing changes even more so, not to mention that new parts are produced in small numbers."

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Acknowledging this was Takaaki Nakagami himself. If Honda continues to struggle so much and while improving it is not able to make the strides it should, it is the fault of the working method adopted, which is still too Japanese. Historically, constructors from the Rising Sun are known for not being particularly responsive in the face of difficulties, and this causes the time to make up ground to be diluted.

Faced with a technical and performance impasse that seems to see no end, the Golden Wing has tried to imitate the various Ducati and KTM in terms of speed of response to rider demands, but to date progress has proved minimal.

As explained by the LCR team's own rider, in spite of the move toward a more European approach even now updated components are slow to arrive albeit endorsed in testing. The reason? An extreme attention to detail involving even the smallest parts that might be considered of secondary importance.

"Engineers want to understand the performance of everything, even a simple screw, as a result the timelines for developing and making new parts are stretched," he confessed to

Also lacking is the quantity of material supplied. "At most, one or two units arrive, so it is not possible to take advantage of the new features during the races. The decision-making process itself is already long, but once we define how we will proceed, there is more to wait," remarked the Chiba driver.

The one aspect that does soothe the spirits of the Hondists is the uniformity of thought about the aspects that need to be corrected and strengthened. "All four of us make more or less the same comments and ask for the same changes, so I think they are clear at the factory what is wrong, the problem is that for them safety comes first," remarked the 32-year-old.

Curiously, a bit more philosophical than the Japanese rider was HRC official Luca Marini who, instead, preferred to highlight the positive notes. "You have to have confidence. They have a different attitude, but they are precise and competitive. They care about understanding everything and it is the job of the rider to be as clear as possible in expressing the feelings in the saddle. They don't need people yelling when something doesn't work, and their focus is on reliability," he finished his thoughts.




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