With Jorge Lorenzo dominating the championship standings after six races both Repsol Honda riders, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, admitted that they need to make significant improvements to their bike if they are to challenge for the championship.
When asked about the issues affecting his bike Stoner commented that “it’s a long list.”
The Australian went on to elaborate on this by saying that the team still needs to find a solution to the chatter problems they have endured throughout the current campaign.
“We made an improvement in Catalunya to improve the rear chatter but we know we have front chatter from earlier races. Now its extreme with this front tyre, said Stoner.”
The new construction Bridgestone front tyre has come under fire from both riders over the course of the weekend and Stoner went on to comment in more detail about the cause of his team’s problem with the new tyre.
“We developed this whole bike around the old tyre and one third of the way through the season they’ve put a new tyre into it. It’s really put us into a difficult situation. We thought we’d be able to set things up around it but we haven’t been able to so far but it’s a long season.”
Pedrosa also commented on this but said that with the chatter issues affecting the Honda it has been very difficult to battle with Yamaha’s which can get on the power much earlier because they have confidence in the handling of their bike. The Spaniard commented that, “in mid-turn and exit they are quicker.”
It’s clear that if Honda are to halt the charge of Yamaha they need to rectify the chatter problems that have been ever present with this bike since winter testing.