MotoGP, Puig admits HRC knows they have issues with the bike but work hard

Jerez wasn’t an easy Grand Prix for Honda. The only satisfaction was a fourth place for Takaaki Nakagami. Marc Marquez was still struggling with his physical condition and couldn’t get past ninth place, but that was at least better than Pol Espargarò, who is still having a hard time getting used to the RC213V. Even worse was Alex Marquez, who fell on the first lap.

Team manager Alberto Puig took stock of the Spanish weekend: “The Nakagami race was certainly one of the very positive points of Sunday in Jerez. He has overcome the physical problems he suffered in his crash at Portimao and he has shown that he is mentally very strong. Taka wasn’t in perfect shape, but he drove a good race and was only 0.7 seconds away from his first podium in the premier class – he explained. Despite two very quick falls, Marc was able to finish the race ten seconds behind the leader, who was three seconds closer to the winner than in Portugal. “

However, Puig does not hide the fact that the bike needs improvement …

“The negative is that as Honda HRC we understand that we have some problems with the bike, but we have already seen them. We are doing our best, we will bring new parts soon and are ready and already working very hard to give the drivers our best for the next races. “

The Spanish manager couldn’t be on the track and had to watch the GP from home …

“This time, the view from the pit wall was from my television for me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be with my team because of a health problem – he explained – and had to watch the Grand Prix on television. The view from home is not like the view from the pit wall, but I was able to watch the race and at the beginning I saw Marc with other drivers for a few moments, but he tried to recover. Both Marc and Pol finished the race despite their previous falls. Taka, on the other hand, was in attack mode and showed his character this weekend. We are satisfied with his performance. Unfortunately, his teammate Alex Marquez crashed on the first lap after another driver hit him. What I can confirm from this weekend is that it is more stressful to see MotoGP from the sofa than when you are in a race. “