For the second GP in a row, the Repsol Honda team manager, Alberto Puig, had to miss a Grand Prix due to a health problem. but he is permanently connected with the team and this time he watched the Grand Prix on television from home. “The view from home is not the same as from the pit wall, but I was able to continue the race and saw Marc having some bad times with other drivers at the beginning, but he tried to recover. Both Marc and Pol finished the race despite their previous problems, ”says Puig.
In the traditional post-race balance, he takes stock of what happened in Jerez where Taka Nakagami was the best Honda, fourth, Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró finished ninth and tenth and Alex Márquez fell on the first lap. But the strong falls were the trend of the four drivers throughout the Grand Prix, something really worrying.
With regard to the Repsol Honda “as the riders did not start well classified, the first objective was to start well and gain positions, advance towards the leading group to match their pace and save tires for later in the race”.
He says that the most positive of the weekend was “without a doubt, Nakagami’s race was one of the most positive points on Sunday in Jerez. He overcame the physical problems he suffered in his fall in Portimao, and showed that he is very strong mentally. Taka was not in perfect condition, but he had a good race and was only 0 ”7 from his first podium in the premier class. Taka was in attack mode and showed his character this weekend. We are happy with his performance. Unfortunately, his teammate, Álex Márquez, crashed on the first lap after another driver hit him, ”he recalled.
“Another positive aspect was that Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró were doing well after both suffered big falls. Marc, despite two very fast falls, was able to finish the race ten seconds behind the leader and that is what is most important; he was three seconds closer to the winner than in Portugal ”.
“Finally, the most positive point is that despite not having made the best start to the season, our Honda HRC riders are only 47 (Nakagami), 49 (Espargaró) and 50 (Márquez) points behind the championship leader. There are still 375 points at stake this season, so we have everything in mind to move forward.
The most negative, of course, is that “we, like Honda HRC, understand that we are facing some problems with the bike, but we have already been able to recognize them. We are doing our best, bringing in new parts and working very hard to give the best of ourselves to the drivers in the next races ”.