Factory teams are exceptionally touchy about works bikes getting out of their hands for a host of reasons, some related to protecting proprietary info, and some legal. Sidebar: Back at the end of the '60's, early '70's, GP road racing in Europe was a wide open, works bike, Formula 1 kind of affair dominated by factory "fire engines" like the MV Augusta, and outrageous things like the Moto Guzzi V8 (I know what I said...not a typo ). Honda had some of the best of these in the late sixties, among them the 297cc 6 cylinder they dominated the 500 class with. It was a 250 originally, but it was faster than anything in the big class, so they bored it enough to meet the class rules. Races in those days were subject to claiming rules, although no one had claimed a factory bike for a very long time. One day, a Euro businessman claimed Mike Hailwood's 297cc six for some obscenely low price. Honda made no fuss about it whatsoever, and politely presented the new owner with his prize. Then they pointed out that the engine would need a rebuild, having just been run for its second GP race, and saying that they had no idea where the new owner would be able to find parts for it.... But I digress. Back to the thread.