Major modifications within the Honda MotoGP project

Major modifications within the Honda MotoGP project

Klaus Nöhles (r) with Takaaki Nakagami | image ©

There are a few changes planned for next season within Honda and HRC’s MotoGP project. For example, not only do a few Honda drivers get a different crew chief, but there are also significant changes within HRC management.

Marc Marquez made it clear during the last season that things must change at Honda. According to the eight-time world champion, not only about the performance of the Honda RC213V, but also the design, methods and techniques within the MotoGP project of the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, the brand wants to be competitive again in the Prime Minister. class for a short time.

Marquez’s criticism does not seem to have fallen on deaf ears as announced now, as it appears that major adjustments have been made before the start of the 2023 MotoGP season, the season in which Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) returns. for the first time in a long time is in good physical condition. However, Marquez is not the only Honda driver in 2023, the Spaniard will have Joan Mir as his new teammate within the factory team, while Alex Rins will make his debut with the Honda LCR Team as the teammate of Takaaki Nakagami who, like Marquez, remained loyal to his current team.

Below is a summary of the most important changes that Honda has made ahead of the start of the upcoming MotoGP season.

Guidotti, driving hard behind Mir
Joan Mir, who comes from Suzuki, will have Giacomo Guidotti by his side as crew chief within the Repsol Honda Team. Guidotti is no stranger to the Honda MotoGP family, coming from the LCR Honda Team where he was until recently Takaaki Nakagami’s crew chief,

Nöhles, Nakagami’s new chief of staff
Following Guidotti’s promotion to the Repsol Honda Team, former driver Klaus Nöhles will take his place within the LCR Honda Team and assist Nakagami as crew chief. Having worked with the Honda MotoGP test team for the past three years, the German is now known as the permanent crew chief. It is not the first time that Nöhles has worked with Nakagami, having already done so last year during the season finale in Valencia and during the following MotoGP test.

Aurin takes the lead of the Honda MotoGP Test Team
Veteran Ramon Aurin, a huge figure at Honda and a well-known figure in the paddock having worked with riders such as Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Pol Espargaró, will now take over as Honda MotoGP Technical Leader. Test Team. Aurin was originally supposed to be Mir’s crew chief, but due to fewer MotoGP test days and additional interest from the test team, Honda asked Aurin to take over the role of the development team, which he has been doing ever since. accepted.

Calm around Marquez
Santi Hernandez will continue to serve as Marc Marquez’s crew chief, the two having worked together since the Spaniard’s first Grand Prix.

Alex Rins
Rins gets David Garcia as chief of staff, who previously worked with Alex Marquez. However, within the LCR Honda Team Rins is not the only newcomer, the Frenchman Christophe Bourguignon has been appointed by HRC as the new technical director of the team.

Changes within HRC management
There will also be a change in HRC management for the 2023 season. Shinichi Kokubu, who has been away from the circuit for several years, returns to the MotoGP paddock to take over as HRC Racing manager, replacing his compatriot Tetsuhiro Kuwata who will take over. he found another position within the HRC in Japan.