Aug 7, 2001
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Honda's new RC211V four-stroke Grand Prix racebike was ridden in public for the first time Sunday, at Suzuka Circuit prior to the start of the Suzuka 8-Hours race. Taking turns at the controls were 5-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan and Manabu Kamada; Kamada is an HRC test rider and was the reserve man for the winning Suzuka 8-Hours team of Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards.<BR><BR>Doohan proclaimed the bike to be "quite good and fast" but said he doesn't want to race again himself.<BR><BR>Today, Tuesday in Japan, Valentino Rossi, Tohru Ukawa and Makoto Tamada are testing the RC211V, with Edwards scheduled to watch and hoping for a test ride himself. Before the 8-Hours race, Edwards said he would like to test the RC211V but had not been invited to ride it. Now that he and Rossi have co-ridden to the 8-Hours victory, Edwards may get his wish.