the Ducati's stellar performance in the first half of the season caught HRC with it's pants down, the lack of good results (mostly complaints) with their current RC212V has left them no choice but to pull out their ace in the hole very early.where did you get that info from? Seems a little early to be unveiling the 08 already when they were pretty far behind with the 07. but who knows, it is Honda. And I can guarantee you they dumped a ton of money into the 08. No way are they going to let themselves get beat by a tiny Italian shop.
Honda usually brings next year's machine out early. The RCV that Nicky rode in 06 was debuted in Brno in 05.where did you get that info from? Seems a little early to be unveiling the 08 already when they were pretty far behind with the 07. but who knows, it is Honda. And I can guarantee you they dumped a ton of money into the 08. No way are they going to let themselves get beat by a tiny Italian shop.
The NR500 revved to about 22k so those kinds of revs wouldn't be a problem today. The question is would you be able to get more performance out of a pneumatic valvetrain at those rpms. And before you even get to that question you have to figure out a way to save enough fuel to make more power. There are several avenues Honda can take to increase fuel economy but I have to wonder if they will be made public.during the late 70's Honda's 4strokes were revving to 20,000+rpm with valvesprings & a couple of thousand more rpm's in reserve, with todays technology & advancements in the field of metallurgy we may see a 23,000rpm revlimit for a valvespring equipped engine.
do you think after 4years when MotoGP drops it's displacement to 600cc will we see 23,000+rpm & 200hp from a 600cc engine? will they increase the fuel tank capacity to 22L or 23L b'coz even with a 200cc decrease it will guzzle more fuel bcoz of the extra couple of thousand revs?
I've read that Honda wants to go to a pneumatic valvetrain. They just couldn't do it mid-season, so I bet it will be on the 08. I bet Hayden at least will race the bike because he's so far behind anyway. He really has nothing to lose. And the satellite guys prolly won't get the whole package until Hayden and Pedrossa are done testing it. But you never know. We'll just have to wait and see. It's going to be an exciting race though.Honda usually brings next year's machine out early. The RCV that Nicky rode in 06 was debuted in Brno in 05.
As for the screamer no one knows if they're going that route but Nicky's crew chief told me that their firing order hasn't changed all season so that leads me to believe that maybe they'll be trying something new at Brno.
I don't know if they'll be debuting a pneumatic valvetrain since Horiike-san said they haven't reached the limit of springs I'm sure they've looked into the possibility.
The only thing I'm wondering is whether the Repsol boys will try the new bike in the race. And I guess I'm also wondering if the satellite riders will run their updated packages in the race too. I'm particularly interested in seeing how the KR bike does with more horsepower.