Michelin alien a new rear tyre body for the 2020 division which offers bigger anchor and backbone in chase situations.
But it has had a abstruse aftereffect on the pecking adjustment this year, with a cardinal of riders – best conspicuously Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati and those on the 2020 Honda – disturbing to acclimate their benumbed to the tyre.
The 2020 Honda has accurate to be a difficult motorcycle, and the added anchor from the rear tyre accompanying with an apathy botheration with the agent is causing problems beneath braking for its riders.
Alex Marquez, Stefan Bradl and LCR’s Cal Crutchlow accept additionally struggled to abstract the best from the tyre in qualifying, with the latter’s sixth on the Spanish Grand Prix filigree the alone top 10 aftereffect on Saturdays for all three.
Speaking during the Catalan GP weekend about area the Honda needs to improve, Yokoyama said: “I anticipate what we are alive on the best is how to use the best abeyant from the new rear tyre construction.
“Honestly speaking, I don’t anticipate we are application the best [from the tyre] because there are some areas we had to change a lot the bike.
We are aggravating a lot of things.
“I wouldn’t necessarily accede [the Honda deflects the tyre more], but the way to use – including the benumbed band – maybe needs to be changed.”
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As allotment of cost-saving measures in ablaze of the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-concession manufacturers accept had their engines arctic until the end of 2021 and will be clumsy to advance them.
This will force Honda to assignment alone on anatomy and abeyance to advance the difficult administration characteristics of the RC213V, admitting Yokoyama is borderline whether this will be benign or not to HRC.
“Of course, if we accept the abandon to accumulate developing the engine, this is one added added abandon to comedy with – not alone for the horsepower, but the handling, rideability and everything,” he added.
It’s added difficult to fix the botheration if you accept some problems on the bike, which we do have.
“If somebody asks me if it’s a affliction or an advantage for Honda, I can’t absolutely judge.
“The absoluteness is we can’t change the engine, but we still accept abounding things about it to advance the performance.”