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GP Week : Issue 215
Honda does iT wiTH moTors To spare MOTOGP >>> nEWs Marc Marquez’s domination of MotoGP racing has been put in even sharper focus, with the news that he finished the 2014 season with mileage to spare. Like all riders in the ‘Factory ’ category Marquez was restricted to using no more than five engines during the year. According to motogp.com Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa finished the season having used “four or five” engines, but both men had plenty of life left in the motors they raced at Valencia. As if to underline what an amazing job Honda engineers have done engineering life into their V4s, the other Factory class Hondas performed even better. LCR Honda rider stefan Bradl and Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista ended the season with miles to spare on their fifth engines, in spite of each suffering an engine failure during the year that removed one motor from their inventory. similarly, Yamaha’s riders were well served by their allocations. Jorge Lorenzo’s fifth M1 engine had approximately three-quarters of its expected life yet to run when the final chequered flag of 2014 fell in spain. Things were far less straightforward in the ‘Open’ class. Both Nicky Hayden and scott Redding were on their 11th of 12th engines in Valencia, while Hiroshi Aoyama was on his 12th and final motor. On the Yamaha side, Aleix espargaro used his ninth and 10th engine in his NGM Forward Racing M1 at Valencia. The Ducati side of the equation is far more complex. Because of different riders running different bikes during the season, some engines could not be used in different frames, meaning that both Andreas, Dovizioso and Iannone, had all 12 motors in use throughout the season, though not all of those engines ‘went the distance’ on their usage. Meanwhile Cal Crutchlow, who spent the whole season on the GP14 Ducati while the two Andreas got to try out ‘14.1s’ and ‘14.2s’, raced on nine engines in the 18 races. 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: