Honda's Strategic Testing Approach for the 2024 MotoGP Season
In a bid to capitalize on MotoGP's new concession system, Honda is set to maximize testing opportunities throughout the 2024 season, scheduling up to 22 private tests, as revealed by Motorsport.com.
Following lacklustre performances in the previous year, both Honda and Yamaha, the sole Japanese contenders in the championship, have gained advantages through agreements with other manufacturers and governing bodies. Apart from ongoing engine development, Honda and Yamaha can conduct unlimited private test days with their race riders.
Honda's primary focus on testing is evident, with an initial plan for an extensive private test calendar. However, this plan may be adjusted based on results and support reassessment during the summer break.
While riders Joan Mir and Luca Marini may face scheduling challenges due to the packed 22-event season, the bulk of testing responsibilities will fall on the test team and Stefan Bradl. In response, Honda is actively seeking a second test rider to share the workload and provide relief to Bradl.
Despite offers from the LCR team to contribute to the new bike's development, there are no current plans to involve them in private testing. The test team and LCR will convene in Tokyo next week for an introduction to the 2024 bike, followed by initial testing in Jerez alongside World Superbike teams in late January.
These preparations align with the official HRC garage presentation in Japan and the collective shakedown at Sepang in early February, where both Mir and Marini will be present. The upcoming season promises to be strategically pivotal for Honda as they navigate testing challenges and gear up for a potential resurgence.