Every new project is a journey and carefully choose the people who are with you is essential. HRC and Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 this season have started a journey together that has allowed them to fight for victory until the last lap in the first three Grands Prix this season. A pole position of Álex Rins and Álex Márquez two podiums have been a promising start to the season , the result of intensive work carried out jointly by the racing department of the almighty Honda Team and Estrella Galicia 0.0.
Brand golden wing has been one of the great Queen dominating the World Championship category for over 20 years. But how the racing department, HRC , finished collaborating on the development of its new Moto3 with the Spanish team Team Estrella Galicia 0.0?
At the end of the last World Cup, Shinichi Kokubu – Division Manager of Technology Development and Emilio Alzamora – HRC -Team Principal of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 – were proposed a challenge: develop a new Honda that was competitive in the category of Moto3. “The approach we found spectacular. Honda had never committed both a project of the Moto3 class and wanted to be an official team. We were the reference and HRC team showed absolute confidence in the expertise of all professionals Monlau Competition, working in the box Team Estrella Galicia 0.0. That gave us the momentum forward, “says Jordi Arquer, Team Manager of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 in the World Championship.
From the first time a connection between HRC and Monlau Competition, a strong and ambitious link impregnated motivational mechanics, technicians and drivers, all working together for a common goal is established. “When we met and started developing this project, engineers Monlau Competition forwarded me a good feeling and I felt we could work well together and build a good project,”said Shinichi Kokubu. “Developing the bike and get to the point where we are I think it would have been very difficult without the Spanish engineers, “he adds.
One of the solid steps project start was in 2013, before Christmas, when drivers of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0, Álex Rins and Álex Márquez traveled to HRC facilities in Japan, to collaborate in the aerodynamic study. And not only the pilots had work added this winter, also the team’s mechanics. “Last December we received the new Honda parts and mechanics then we started working with them. All bikes have two wheels, a fork and a damper , but every bike is different and it has its quirks. The Honda has a twin-spar chassis aluminum with a very different tubular iron which worked on the 2013 performance character of the engine is also completely different.; therefore, the tuning and the pilot must be adapted to the new bike”, says Arquer.
“Honda has done a spectacular job in no time.”
” We did not start from scratch, we have developed this engine for 2013 based on a previous one, but the chassis is completely new, we have developed specifically for this year,” said Shinichi Kokubu. “The Japanese take sure steps. They prefer to deliver an engine or changing a little later, but deliver collateral material, instead of forward and to have a failure, “says Jordi Arquer.
Beginning in February and throughout the preseason was tested, developed and perfected the Honda NSF250RW straddling the factory in Japan and the Spanish circuit of Valencia, Almeria, Jerez and Aragon. The Team Manager of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 from Honda believes that “have done a spectacular job in a very short time.” And is that a new bike there to be pampered. Take care. Understand. And that is what has made the Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 during the 2014 preseason: “We worked on getting a good set-up and then look for improvements for training and the first races ” says Arquer.
Also, this bike has been fully developed by Team pilots Estrella Galicia 0.0, as Kokubu says. Riders and crew have not shot all preseason schedule due to bad weather, but still, in the first three races of the year have already shown their potential. “We are very pleased with the results so far. We have not stopped working throughout the preseason, “he says with a half smile Arquer. The ” racing spirit ” of HRC and ambition are key, says the manager of the Technology Development Division of HRC.
Jordi Arquer ensures that there is no magic recipe: “Get a competitive bike is not an exact science, it is the result of synergies, knowledge and experience of the two parties involved in the project.” The technical school Monlau Competition is one of the leading proponents. There a large number of professionals who go on to develop their knowledge in the form box. The Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 has two keys in the development of Honda NSF250RW, Xavi Palacín and Xavi Soldevila , that part of their technical contributions, teach in the Master of Engineering Monlau Competition pieces.
There’s really no trick. Only the hard work of mechanics and engineers of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 and Japanese technicians HRC, more quality piloting new Honda. ” We all have a strong interest in the project. This is reflected in the results, “says Arquer.
After achieving the first pole of the season to the astonishment of many, and fight for victory in three races that have resulted in two second places this season ‘s Honda still have much room for improvement. “Álex Rins and Álex Márquez have great potential and a good attitude, enjoy working with them,”says San Kokubu.
Both pilots like Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 and HRC walk steadily this season, ready to pursue the dream that started this journey together, “do not expect anything, but our goal is the title,”sums up San Kokubu.