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GP Week : Issue 198
MOTOGP >>> nEWs hONDA upgRADES: NOT OpEN AND ShuT No updates are in the immediate future of Honda’s Open class MotoGP racer, the RCV1000R, in spite of a modest debut at Qatar. Scott Redding (above) scored the best result of the four racers on Honda’s production version of its GP bike, taking seventh on debut. But that only came after he started 16th on the grid and made up places, mainly, as other riders fell. The real concern is the lack of speed shown in Qualifying. Nicky Hayden was the best-placed of the quartet, 1.4s down on the time of the RC213V of pole man Marc Marquez. Much of the difference came on Qatar’s main straight, where the factory bike of Alvaro Bautista clocked 340.1kmh, almost 14kmh faster than Hayden could manage. Honda management has put down suggestions that the bike could receive some upgrades from the RCV213V, which features pneumatic valves, a seamless shift gearbox and a higher specification of Ohlins parts in its suspension. With no ‘home’ European rounds of the championship until Jerez on May 2-4 , upgrades would be difficult to execute and typically, the always forthright Hayden is keeping his feet on the ground; “Until a guy in a HRC shirt tells me, and not just someone on Twitter, I won’t get my hopes up,” he was quoted as saying. Jack Miller is not letting himself get swept away after a dream debut with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team. The 19-year- old took a narrow win in Qatar, taking the lead half-way around the final lap to hold off the Hondas of Alex Marquez and Efren Vasquez, and Miguel Oliveira’s Mahindra. It was his first podium finish in Moto3. Miller is not getting ahead of himself, in spite of the fact that the last Australian to win a third-level GP (then in the 125cc class and also on a KTM) was Casey Stoner, at Malaysia in 2004. “ W ithout a doubt, I could not have ask for anything better from today,” Miller said after the race. “T here are still many Grands Prix ahead and have much to learn, but for today I am very happy. " W inning a race is an amazing feeling, so I hope I can repeat the feeling more times. Thanks to the whole team for the work we’ve done together so far.” Moto3 MIllER: TIME 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: