It's an inescapable fact that Honda is in the throes of its worst start to a premier class season since it parked its woeful NR500 four-stroke project of the late 1970s and returned properly in 1982 with the brilliant NS500.
After five rounds of the 2020 MotoGP season, Honda is yet to register a podium finish. It's best-placed rider is currently Takaaki Nakagami on the year-old LCR-run RC213V in sixth in the standings having managed a best of fourth in the Andalusian Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, Honda's factory riders on 2020 bikes are 15th (Alex Marquez), 21st (Cal Crutchlow) and last (Stefan Bradl) with a combined total of 22 points. That's not even half of Nakagami's haul of 46.