The Honda factory MotoGP team will bring a new chassis and engine to this weekend's United States Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Following the recent Mugello test, to which it brought a new chassis originally intended for use in 2013, Honda has elected to supply Dani Pedrosa with a new engine and chassis alongside his standard bike, as the Spaniard requested. Casey Stoner, however, was less impressed with Honda's new chassis, and will consequently receive a new engine but keep his 2012 frames.
Stoner, who beat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo to victory in last year's race, said the circuit's configuration could help bolster the effect of Honda's improvements.
"I always look forward to going to Laguna – it's a circuit we've enjoyed quite good results at and the atmosphere there is fantastic," he said. "It's definitely a positive that it goes around to the left, as we have less chatter on the left-hand side.
"HRC have worked hard in Japan to provide us with the new engine and some parts from the test, hopefully we can have three dry sessions to get some work done and be competitive for Sunday, but we'll have to wait until we get on track."