With Max Nagl released from his KTM contract for next season?largely because he didn’t race very much in 2012 because of back surgery?and Rui Goncalves most likely to be dropped from the Honda GP team because of lackluster results?it would appear that Nagl and Honda are a match made in heaven.
Honda’s very exotic 2012 works bike?which shares very little with the 2013 Honda production bike. Photo: Massimo Zanzani
Honda’s cross-over snake pipe, carbon fiber valve cover, sand cast side case and hydraulic clutch are all evident in this photo. Photo: Massimo Zanzani
Russian Evgeny Bobryshev has already signed at Honda for 2013-14 and Nagl, who has been nothing short of brilliant in his brief return to the GPs in the last few rounds could be a good match. Although the Honda works bike, the only true works bike on the GP circuit, has been less than stellar in 2012 it could be much improved with more R&D work over the winter.