Honda: Marquez will use Calix swingarm at Aragon

The part that was ordered from an outside company, which was used for the first time in the Misano tests, passed the test satisfactorily and Marc Marquez will be able to use it to return it.

When at the end of May Marc Marquez Deciding to punish his battered right arm with a new and meticulous operation, he asked Honda to show the same level of involvement in the project, not only in the level of work, but also in the ability to “open your mind.”

Following these orders, HRC took a step rarely seen in the age of motorcycles by commissioning an outboard manufacturer, Germany’s Kalex, to produce an aluminum swingarm for the RC213V.

The piece arrived in Misano for the official test that took place last week and was tested by the riders who are bearing the brunt of developing the German 2023 bike. Stephen BradelHonda is testing the driver and replacing Mark while he is out due to injury, and the eight-time world champion is himself.

The Spaniard said he was satisfied both with the feedback on the new piece and the fact that “Honda has opened up a bit, it’s no secret, as everyone has been told and seen, we have a new one,” referring to Calix Swingarm.

For now, Marquez’s mechanic on Thursday has installed the traditional carbon crank they’ve used so far, but the aluminum part of the box is ready to be installed when the rider requests it, along with the technicians. Everything indicates that he will be during one of the two free practice sessions on Friday.

A Kalex aluminum arm fitted to a Márquez bike during the Misano . test

Photo by: MotoGP

Under normal circumstances, mechanics need about 20 minutes to change the bike’s swingarm (15 if it’s an emergency), but it’s not customary to do this during a free practice session.

Having tested positive in Misano, we want to reconfirm another track if there is any benefit, given that the extra grip the Romagna track provides during the tests may give a false reading.

Kalex is present, among other things, in the Moto2 World Championship, as a supplier of complete tires, and at the World Superbike Championship, where it produces parts for some manufacturers. Over the past 10 years, Kalex motorcycles have won titles in the junior class, and BMW has also taken a big leap at SBK by introducing many items made by Kalex, which is based in Bavaria near the BMW headquarters.

Honda in recent years has tested many tires and levers with no apparent success: the last one was installed on Marques’ bike at the Italian Grand Prix (before operation), and it was tested by the rest of the brand’s riders. Paul EspargaroAnd the Alex Marquez e Takaaki Nakagamiin the June test in Barcelona, ​​without the bike making any substantial progress.

This prompted HRC executives, in an effort to try new things, to order this gun from an outside supplier.

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