Nicky Hayden popularly known as the Kentucky Kid has been in the American professional motorcycle race for a long time. His has been working with Honda under a contract testing the latest Honda motorcycle the Honda CR1000RR which is commonly known as the Honda Fireblade. The Honda CBR1000RR was unveiled at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany. This opening test is faced with a lot of problems that have left even the Dutch team greatly concerned.
Hayden has been quoted saying that the major issues are the bike pumping, edge grip, and the bike not being stable on the exit of the corners. The problem with the edge grip being faced in Portimao was better handled at Jerez due to the fact that at Jerez one can ride the Fireblade around it a bit and pick the bike up while in Portimao the corners are much more making it hard to link them together. The Fireblade would start sliding and a rider would be off-line for the next corner.
The Honda Fireblade has a retuned engine for additional power; this is meant to help improve the performance of the motorcycle. During the trials, Hayden experienced bumping and spinning of the bike with troubled he greatly and at some point even had the bike moving underneath him. In as much as a test has been frustrating him over a couple of days, he is determined that all will work out well.
Hayden had a knee surgery in December at the Oasis Surgery Center in San Diego California. His knee got twisted accidentally during a flat-track training session in Spain. Luckily this has not affected him during the test and he managed to complete a full program. He is not yet fully recovered but hopes to be by the time the season opener happens at Philip Island. The Kentucky kid is feeling lighthearted of what will happen in Philip Island as he works with the time to examine the data and improve the mapping to be able to smooth the journey and have better performance.
It is also important to note that small engine upgrades were made but as it would have it the bike was still using a lot of the 2016 parts at Portimao trials. The major developments made in the 2017 model that is different from the 2012 Honda are new bodywork for the motorbikes and throttle-by- wire which works with selectable ride modes. It also has a revised frame and the fuel tank is made of titanium. The Fireblade will be using the Marchesini forged wheel.
Honda by using Hayden at the trials of the Honda Fireblade is able to ensure that the test results are reliable. The findings go a long way to help in future improvements in Honda Fireblade. Hayden, on the other hand, is set to benefit as Portimao is a great opportunity for him to practice and ensure that at Philip Islands he will perform well and emerge at the top at the end of the season.