Honda Racing’s Nicky Hayden has expressed some concern that his Ten Kate World Superbike team haven’t yet taken delivery of the 2017 Fireblade they will campaign in next year’s championship.
The American will have Stefan Bradl as a team-mate next year and says that they only have four months before the first race of next season which isn’t a lot of time to develop and test a new bike - especially as there is a testing ban too.
“The team haven't got the bike yet, so that's a little bit of a worry because we need to be testing it. We start in February and the team do the work themselves. They develop the bike. So I can't really say too much until they get their hands on it,” Hayden said at Aragon.
“We definitely hope to have more on the engine side, can help us close that gap to the factory bikes. At the moment the chassis is very good but you know what it's like. You start putting more horsepower and it can change the feeling of the chassis. But I would say the electronics are very good. The chassis, the base, is good.”