LCR Honda may only be a satellite Honda team in MotoGP, but everything Lucio Cecchinello touches regarding the squad has an amazing attention to detail, and the teams’s 2012 launch is no different. After a disappointing last season with Toni Elias, LCR Honda has swapped in another Moto2 Champion, this time with German Stefan Bradl at the helm of the LCR Honda RC213V. Already showing tremendous progress in the big show, Bradl is an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year distinction, and the 22-year-old is certain to give some of the more veteran riders a run for their money this season.
Officially launching the 2012 LCR Honda squad in Jerez this week, the Italian MotoGP team always brings us some of the most artful studio shots from the paddock launches, and again Lucio and his crew don’t disappoint in this regard. If you like your photos warmed up and desaturated, we have got a treat for you, but sorry…no bunnies this time around.
“The first time I rode a motorbike my father had to hold me in the back otherwise I would have fallen down,” explained Bradl. “I was only 4 and it was a Honda QR50 cross pocket bike. It took me a while to get it out of the garage because I was scared of the noise from the engine. Maybe I was born to do this ”job” and now that I am racing in MotoGP my father does not hold me in the back anymore but he is still a very important support to me. You can not even imagine how strong this Honda RCV is and every corner and every gear is a real fight.”
How can you not like a kid with an attitude like that?
Technical Specifications of the LCR Honda RC213V:
Engine features: Four-stroke liquid-cooled pneumatic-valve engine, V4, DOHC4
Displacement: up to 1000 cc
Maximum Power: over 250 HP
Maximum Speed: over 350 km/H
Gearbox: Six speed seamless cassette type gearbox with alternative optional ratio
Clutch: Fully adjustable multi plate slipper clutch
Exhaust: Arrow Titanium line
Overall length: 2050mm to 2070mm up to circuit lay out and specification
Overall height: 1125mm
Overall width: 645mm
Fuel: 21 litres capacity ELF
Chassis Features: Aluminum twin spare frame, Fully adjustable steering and geometry, & Fully adjustable HRC magnesium triple clamp
Suspensions: Front: Fully adjustable Öhlins TRVP25 diam 48mm upside down, Rear: Fully adjustable Öhlins TRSP44
Brakes: Front: Nissin 4 pistons caliper 320mm Nissin carbon disc Rear: Nissin Twin piston caliper 196mm Yutaka steel disc
All accessories: Rizoma
Source: LCR Honda