Honda Installs Speed Sensor Protector After Aragon Crash

Honda has made changes to its bike in wake of the Aragon crash. (Photo: Colin Young)

Honda has fitted a carbon fiber protector for the rear wheel speed sensor and cable in the wake of last week’s dramatic collision between factory riders and .

The small protecter plate is designed to avoid the freak circumstances that triggered Pedrosa’s high-side crash at Aragon.

Honda race boss Shuhei Nakamoto had promised an instant fix in time for this Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, and the new part was fitted to all Hondas at Sepang in advance of Friday’s opening practice sessions.

The Aragon collision between Marquez and Pedrosa was minor but the consequences substantial with Pedrosa’s title hopes virtually wiped out.

The contact from Marquez snapped the traction control cable front speed sensor, leaving Pedrosa as a high-flying passenger when he opened the throttle.

In a highly unusual move, Honda has been penalized in the Constructors’ Championship by Race Direction which claimed the fact the exposed cable caws snapped was a safety issue.

Honda team principal Livio Suppo said he could not recall such a penalty ever being handed down in the sport.

While the points penalty was only a wrist slap, Honda did lose 25 points that normally would have been allocated to the Constructor from Marquez’s Aragon victory.

This left the highest-placed Honda in the race as the bike ridden by Alvaro Bautista into fourth, thus qualifying Honda for 13 points. In the end, the real penalty was 12 points.