Posted: 07 Nov 2013
Honda has unveiled the production racer Bike Social backed Scott Redding will campaign in the MotoGP championship next season. The RCV1000R broke cover at a packed press launch in Valencia ahead of the final round of the MotoGP season, in which Marc Marquez will challenge for the MotoGP title on the RCV1000R’s big brother, the RC213V.
Heavily based on the RC213V, the production racer will be entered into the new “Open” class within MotoGP (which is replacing CRT). As such, the RCV1000R will use the specification Magneti Marelli ECU, boast a twenty-four litre fuel tank and be permitted to use twelve engines per season.
The engine, a ninety degree V4 producing over 175KW of power at 16,000rpm utilises spring valves and unlike the RC213V, a traditional gearbox. The bike - which is to be bought by private teams rather than leased as with satellite bikes – comes complete with Ohlins suspension and Nissin brakes.
There will be four riders on board an RCV1000R in 2014, Scott Redding in the Gresini team, Nicky Hayden plus A N Other in the Aspar squad and Karel Abraham for his Dad’s Cardion AB outfit. Presenting the RCV1000R, HRC Executive Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto claims the bike is just 0.3 seconds slower than the RC213V, with this gap reduced to just 0.17 when using the super-soft tyres the “Open” class will be permitted to use in 2014.
The bike will first go up against competitor machinery during the post-season test in Valencia on Tuesday, when Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden will try out their new bike for the first time.