After the confirmation of Suzuki ‘s goodbye to the MotoGP World Championship once this season is over, it would have been strange for the Hamamatsu brand to make it difficult for its current pair of riders, who next year will compete in the official Honda line-up (Joan Mir ) and in that of the LCR (Alex Rins), the satellite structure of the Tokyo builder.
In any case, if we take into account the gibberish that is in the Suzuki dome, it would not be surprising either. We must not forget the two test days scheduled for this week, in Motegi, where Takuya Tsuda will test a new aerodynamics that, in the best of cases, will only be incorporated in the last stop on the calendar.
Despite being able to test the Honda , there are some limitations in terms of image and communication, which both must respect. For example, in no case will they be able to wear, neither on the motorcycle nor on the suit, any logo of what will be their new brand. They will also be conditioned when the time comes to make statements, since they will not be able to make any type of explicit comparison between the two machines.
In recent years, most manufacturers have already released pilots who change airs, so that they can begin their adaptation as soon as possible. The most striking opposite case occurred at the end of 2003, when Honda did not give permission to Valentino Rossi to get on the Yamaha in the tests at the end of the year, so the Italian had to wait to carry out his first take of contact with the M1, until 2004.
Honda, for its part, has given permission to Pol Espargaró so that the #44 can also train that Tuesday with the RC16 of GasGas Tech3, with whom it has committed, at least, until 2024, while KTM has given the OK to Miguel Oliveira to get on the Aprilia in that first pre-season test of 2023, which will take place at the Cheste Circuit on Tuesday, November 8.