MotoGP: what about Grand Prix technology on the production bike? The contradictions between KTM and Honda

Ducati is angering its colleagues in MotoGP because the company has embarked on technical innovations approved by the rules, but which had never been considered until then. They should never have worked according to the experts of the first hours, today largely contradicted by the facts. It is now necessary to catch up, but instead of recognizing it, some claim to go about it reluctantly because these new features will never be useful for series production. Among these, KTM is at complete odds with its RC16, which has never had the slightest connection with its range of concessions. And then there is the case of Honda…

The opponents of Ducati would have us believe that to be legitimate, a technical innovation in MotoGP should be destined to end up on a production motorcycle. A philosophy of the prototype class that deserves attention, while some who believe these words are the first to totally contradict them in their own commitment to the competition.

This is the obvious case of KTM. Sebastian Risse, the technical man at Mattighofen is up against the attitude correction system and campaigning for its ban after mocking the arrival of the Finns for a while, like others. The argument repeated over and over is as follows: we will never see this mechanical device on a production machine. And he is right, as electronics banned in MotoGP can make the job easier and at a lower cost. But when the same is the cantor for a technology that must trickle down into the manufacturer’s range, it surprises.

There is nothing MotoGP related in the KTM and Honda series, unlike Ducati

You really have to remember that KTM does not offer Superbikes to its customers. The top of the range of the Austrian brand is the 1290 Super Duke, a 180 hp roadster with a V2 engine. The KTM RC16 is very different from the models offered by KTM in the series, especially at engine level. what about Sebastian Risse ? ” Currently, no one is using a seamless gearbox on a production motorcycle. But what we learned here was still transferable. We were able to significantly improve some details “.

When the man from Mattighofen talks about the seamless box, we naturally think of it Honda which introduced it in MotoGP and which apparently does not offer it on the motorcycles in its range. So why give Ducati a lesson like this? ? ” It’s true that we had never installed the seamless transmission on a production bike before. commented the Honda engineer Takeo Yokoyama on motorsport in total. ” But we were able to learn a lot of things in MotoGP. We worked on the electronic settings which allowed us to improve » he adds immediately.

Sure, but by the way there have been big differences between Superbike and MotoGP in terms of configuration for 20 years at Honda. The sporty flagship of the series from the world’s leading manufacturer, the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, has a different engine architecture than the RC213V. Whereas Honda competes in MotoGP with a V4 engine, the Superbike uses an inline four-cylinder engine. The opposite of Ducati where the customer can really find the MotoGP DNA in a Panigale V4.

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