Development of the production version of Honda's RC213V, which reportedly will be sold to teams next season for 1 million euros, is running behind schedule and will be track-tested after the season finale in November at Valencia instead of during August at Brno as planned.
There was a rumor swirling around Sepang that Honda was testing its production racer this week, but HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto insisted young Japanese rider Takumi Takahashi was riding a prototype version of the RC213V as a tryout for a potential test-riding position.
Nakamoto said development of the production racer - codenamed PR, for production racer - was delayed because Honda had to change the specification of the engine and chassis to reach the 1 million-euro price point. The PR will use valve springs and a standard transmission, not the pneumatic valves and seamless gearbox of the factory bikes, Nakamoto said.
The bike also will use Ohlins suspension, and HRC is considering either Brembo or Nissin brakes, Nakamoto said. The production racer also will use the stock Magneti Marelli ECU being used by Claiming Rules Teams this season, which will allow teams using the bike to receive the rules breaks offered to CRT teams, such as extra fuel capacity.
HRC plans to sell five of the production bikes next season, Nakamoto said.
"We can make more, but five is a reasonable number, I think," Nakamoto said.