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Honda MotoGP bike “out of control” and “radical” in qualifying – Marquez – MotoGP

Alex Marquez says the Honda feels “out of control” and “a bit more radical” in time attack trim, after the rookie qualified 17th for the MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The factory Honda rider has so far failed to lift himself higher than 17th on the grid in the seven rounds run this season, though has proven to have strong race pace with four points-finishes.

His race pace in Saturday’s FP4 – in which he was seventh – was comparable to the likes of Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and KTM’s Brad Binder around him.

But once again in qualifying on fresh soft rubber, Marquez tumbled down the order, with his best of 1m31.198s just over 1.1 seconds off Maverick Vinales’ pole time.

“We are able to manage the rhythm in a good way and keep it really good, but we are not able to improve one second with the new soft

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Upcoming 300cc-plus Honda motorcycle to rival Royal Enfield

Earlier this week, Honda revealed that it will launch a brand-new motorcycle in India on September 30. Today, the manufacturer shared with us the exhaust note of this upcoming motorcycle in a rather unique way.

  • Upcoming 300cc-plus Honda motorcycle to rival Royal Enfield 

  • Will be a brand-new motorcycle for India

  • To launch on September 30

The audio clip is of an exhaust note that sounds exactly like that of a Royal Enfield’s signature thump. It reveals what the bike sounds like while starting up, at idle and as it accelerates through the gears. Listen to the clip below and tell us what you think.

It’s no secret that Honda has been developing a motorcycle to take on Royal Enfield and, at the end of this month, we will finally get to see what it’s come up with. Given what it sounds like, we are almost certain to expect cruiser motorcycle

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2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan Long-Term Review Update 1

We established in the introductory story that I don’t seem to drive a lot of Honda Civics despite my job being to drive all the things, so the short-long-term 2020 Honda Civic Si and I are still getting acquainted. So far, so good.

Some of my colleagues have been down on this generation of Civic Si because it has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine tuned up from everyday Civic spec, not a purpose-built, naturally aspirated, high-rpm screamer like past generations of Si. As much as I love a good naturally aspirated engine, this doesn’t bother me, mostly because I never formed an emotional attachment to those old Si models. Maybe it was lack of sufficient exposure, but I’m not mad about this engine.

Not that folks’ criticisms are nonsense. The engine is laggy, like they say, and the revs hang when you upshift. Neither of those things really bugs me,

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Crutchlow “going in circles” with 2020 Honda MotoGP bike – MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow admits he is “going round in circles” with the 2020 Honda MotoGP bike after the LCR rider qualified down in 18th for the Styrian Grand Prix.

Crutchlow has endured a difficult season on the troubled 2020 Honda, with his results sheet so far only showing a best of 13th.

The Briton has complained that the bike is harder to stop and harder to turn, and on new tyres “we can’t accelerate” due to a lack of traction.

Crutchlow has previously aired his dislike of Michelin’s new rear tyre for 2020, but doesn’t believe it is the main issue as he feels it’s more that the Honda doesn’t work well with the tyre.

Explaining his problems on the bike, Crutchlow said: “I feel that maybe I’m not riding the best I’ve ever ridden, but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying.

“But if I’m riding at 90%, with a good

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Why Honda can’t gain concessions even if 2020 MotoGP woes continue – MotoGP

Honda will not qualify for concessions for the 2021 MotoGP season even if it fails to score a podium in a so-far tough 2020 campaign.

For the first time since 2008, no Honda rider has scored a podium in the first five races of a season, with the best-placed HRC rider in the standings LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami on the year-old RC213V in sixth on 46 points.

The top 2020 RC213V runner is rookie Alex Marquez having scored just 15 points, while LCR’s Cal Crutchlow sits in 21st with just seven points to his name.

Honda was dealt a major blow when world champion Marc Marquez broke his arm at the Spanish Grand Prix and has been ruled out since, with HRC confirming he will be sidelined for at least another two months.

Should Honda fail to achieve a podium this season and gain no concession points, under normal circumstances it

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Honda sweeps podium, dominates Chevrolet in 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500

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Honda camp following the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.” data-reactid=”33″It was a case of smiles all around the Honda camp following the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Too bad the vendors, dealers and other usual guests of the manufacturer at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing weren’t able to celebrate in the suites or the seats at IMS due to the coronovirus pandemic this year.

Takuma Sato’s win was just the tip of the Honda avalanche on Sunday, as the manufacturer swept the podium with Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal finishing second and third. Honda went on to place eight drivers in the top 10, and its drivers led 180 of 200 laps. Leading the lap-leading brigade for the manufacturer was Dixon, who led 111 laps. Sato was

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Sato Wins as Honda Dominates the Indianapolis 500

Although he led only twice for a total of 27 laps, Sato’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda was fast when it counted, in the run from the last round of pit stops to the checkered flag.  Exiting the pits in second to Dixon, Sato swept into the lead on lap 185, then held off several attempts by Dixon to repass as the pair worked their way through lapped traffic.  The race was decided on Lap 196 of the scheduled 200, when Spencer Pigot crashed hard exiting Turn 4, leading the race to end under the caution flag.  The win is the second at Indy for Sato, following his initial “500” triumph in 2017.

Prior to the final pit stops, Dixon had dominated the day in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, leading a race-high 111 laps as the championship leader sought his own second Indy victory.  Starting in the middle of the

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Crutchlow: Honda doesn’t need to change bike philosophy – MotoGP

LCR MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow doesn’t believe Honda will change its philosophy to make a more user-friendly bike in light of Marc Marquez’s injury, and doesn’t think it needs to.

The reigning world champion broke his right humerus in a crash during the Spanish Grand Prix while recovering from a spectacular front-end slide while leading earlier in the race.

He missed the Andalusian GP following surgery – despite his best efforts to return – and will sit out this weekend’s Czech GP after undergoing a second surgery after damaging the plate at home.

The RC213V has won six of the last seven titles in MotoGP with Marquez, but has been notoriously tricky to ride – with Crutchlow telling Autosport ahead of the first Jerez race that the front end of the Honda was still “critical”.

Crutchlow was a lapped 13th in the Andalusian GP, still suffering from the legacy of

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Marquez to sit out Friday running at MotoGP Andalusia after Honda “compromise” – MotoGP

Honda has confirmed that Marc Marquez will sit out this Friday’s MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix running as he continues to recover from a broken right arm.

Marquez crashed heavily in last Sunday’s Spanish GP while recovering from a spectacular off on lap five while leading.

The Honda rider broke his right humerus bone and underwent surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday to have a plate and screws fitted, before returning to Jerez to attempt a sensational comeback.

Having been passed fit by circuit doctors earlier this afternoon, Honda team boss Alberto Puig has confirmed the plans was always for Marquez to sit out Friday’s running to minimize the risk of another crash having already had four days of running at Jerez last week.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Puig said: “If it was a new track, it would be difficult.

“But we have been here, testing for four days and racing. So

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Marco Andretti leads Honda rout on opening day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying

Jenna Fryer
 |  The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Marco Andretti led a Honda rout on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying — a session dominated by Andretti Autosport and Honda as Team Penske was shut out of pole contention.

Andretti posted a four-lap average of 231.351 mph to top the speed chart Saturday ahead of teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe. The fastest nine advance to a Sunday shootout that determines the first three rows for the Indianapolis 500.

The Andretti organization grabbed four of the slots and Honda drivers took eight of nine overall.

“Honda brought it this year,” Andretti said. “I was able to just go out and do my job and, man, when it all comes together, it is just beautiful.”

Hunter-Reay was second, Rossi third and Hinchcliffe fourth in the Andretti sweep.

“To be one-through-four is pretty unheard of,” Rossi acknowledged.

Andretti Autosport

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