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GP Week : Issue 202
at BriEFly » Why did Honda push to get Marc Marquez’s signature on a new contract? Apart from the obvious fact that he was won five races, timing could have something to do with it. Maybe Honda did not want him asking for a private jet. The long-awaited HondaJet F3, which seats six passengers plus two pilots, is currently undergoing FAA testing before going on the market in Q1 of 2015. Expected price is $US$4.5 million. » There has been a change to MotoGP’s braking regulations. From Mugello, riders will be able to choose once again between running 320mm and 340mm front brake discs on the front wheel. Previously, 340s had been made compulsory at Motegi for safety reasons, but now, they will be available at all circuits. » Colin Edwards will have a new chassis at Mugello. The American will run a revised Harris frame, as part of Forward Racing development to have a new chassis ready for next season. Aleix Espargaro currently uses a Yamaha frame, but the team will not get those in 2015. » The French MotoGP is staying put. A new deal guarantees that the race, which moved to Le Mans in 2000, will stay at the iconic track until at least 2021. HONDA DEAL IS PRICELESS MOTOGP >>> nEWs Marc Marquez is staying a Honda man for the next three seasons. The World Champion signed a new deal prior to the French Grand Prix that will keep him at HRC until at least the end of the 2016 season. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but it is certain that the 21-year-old is now the best-paid man in the pitlane. “I’m 21 and not looking at the salary,: said Marquez. “My priority is the performance of the bike and team. “It is great to have a very powerful factory behind you. I am the number one choice of the factory and if you have the confidence from a brand as big as Honda, then this is priceless.” Speculation is now turning to what Honda will do with its other bike. Dani Pedrosa has been linked to Suzuki but suggestions that his management overreached by asking for more than US$10m a season from the manufacturer. The latest word is that the Spaniard wants to see what Honda has on offer before talking about a new deal. The other man that looks to be a target for Suzuki is Andrea Iannone. The young Italian has starred at Pramac Ducati this season, and has impressed many. There is a suggestion that after two seasons on Ducatis he could be drafted into Ducati Corse, which is currently struggling to beat its own MARquez: 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: