Originally Posted by airforce101t
well at least they didn't wait till it really got serious
the whole clutch thing just really pisses me off big time, they could pop in a proven clutch any time they want but would rather let nicky use the one they are developing until they get it right, which they know they haven't done yet. Of course I guess when your a small factory like Honda that doesn't have any test riders or test tracks
just seems like massively bad business to make your lead rider who is leading the championship use a clutch they haven't worked the bugs out of yet, what dumbass thought up that plan? and its not like they don't know by race time its not fixed, they have 2 days of practice and qualifying to figure out that its not any better.
HRC just does some stupid things imo
I think you're grossly misunderstanding how things work in series like Formula 1 and Moto GP (and to a lesser extent Le Mans). These series have a very large degree of lattitude in developing new parts and technologies to make their respective vehicles faster. But because a lot of the new ideas and concepts are bleeding edge, they are not going to be "100% proven" when they are first implemented. If a team waited until something was 100% proven before they implemented it they would always be 2 steps behind the competition.
So when a team comes up with something new that they think will confer an advantage they try it out. In the first iteration it might only be at 60% or 70% of its true performance potential but you refine it and improve it and you develop a bigger advantage from it.
The clutch was placed in the center of the engine, presumably to make the bike more compact and reduce its moment of polar inertia. They figured it would be an advantage but obviously the design needs more refinement, and that's what they're doing.
Honda could've played it safe but they didn't amass the record they have in racing by playing it safe all the time. And bottom line is that Rossi has beaten them two years in a row. Playing it safe again was unlikely to change the results.
Obviously the clutch has caused problems and maybe they wouldn't have tried it if they knew it would give them this much trouble. But you don't build the best bike by not taking risks and trying new things. It doesn't always work out, that's why it's called a risk.
Let's face it, Nicky has led the championship most of the season but he hasn't been dominating. If he were dominating, yeah, leave the bike alone. But that hasn't been the case and one would be a fool to think that Rossi's bad luck would last the whole season. That's why they've been pushing the development of the bike. Maybe they've gone down the wrong road along the way but that's what happens sometimes when you're pushing the technical envelope into uncharted territory.