Honda has always made parts available to its works MotoGP team, Repsol Honda, after the Suzuka 8-Hour race in Japan, the most important and proudest race for the Japanese.
The early August endurance race means that Brno is always the place where development parts arrive. I always said that Honda has always got half a second on the shelf back in Japan, and if it really needs it, the engineers will bolt it on to the bikes to shun any manufacturer who dares get close.
Bingo. Honda won every riders' title but one from 1994 through to 2003. The four-strokes turned up and it blitzed everyone from the off with a wacky 'it'll never work' V5. Honda was at its imperial best.
Then Valentino Rossi and Jerry Burgess left Honda to try fresh pastures at rival Yamaha, a manufacturer who had been there but never really looked like championship contender.