Alberto Puig and the Honda team are not currently experiencing, like the rest of the MotoGP field, a summer break but a ceasefire. A difference in size is explained by the obstacle course that was this first part of the season for the winged shield. Formerly adorned with gold, this time it carries lead on the wing. The results are the worst recorded in ages. The Repsol investor asks questions about his involvement in a category he criticized in a historical article and, above all, his riders are constantly injured by the fall of the disturbing RC213V. The general in command of this great shattered army takes stock before the second wave of assault that will begin at Silverstone next August …
Hondawith Alberto Puig in mind, he had sworn that in 2022 he would make us forget 2021 and also while we are there in 2020, two years marked by the fixed prices of Marc Márquez and the end of a technical engine freeze decided in the name of the health crisis. A time used according to HRC to review the RC213V. The new opus has indeed marked the spirits during the low season, then the first Grand Prix of Qatar, with the podium of Pol Espargaró and the top 5 of Marc Márquez, made the men of Tokyo believe that they had eaten the his black bread. . But what followed, starting with Indonesia, disappointed them … Then Marc Márquez he left the camp to recover.
Under these conditions, he assumes the role of team leader Repsol Honda is not easy, especially for Alberto Puig to the proverbial martiality. But this time, he is forced to bend in the face of the storm … ” At the start of the season we thought the 2022 bike was very competitive, but in the end we were wrong Confession costs you a lot, no doubt, but can you take another position?
” The first test and the first race gave us information that did not really correspond to reality and that is why we misjudged the situation. Things have gotten worse and worse since the Indonesian Grand Prix add. An appointment where the falls were legion to the clan Hondawith Pol Espargaroof course, but also and above all Marc Márquez who rose to live, two days after the shock suffered, the return of diplopia. We will remember that at that time, it was the tires Michelin which was in the crosshairs ofAlberto Puig⁇
” We’ve gotten to a point where we all know what happened “continued the Spaniard.” Marc Márquez had to have surgery on his upper right arm, there were a lot of crashes from all our riders, we are not fighting for the right places and probably everything is due to not finding what we heard with the 2022 bike after. the first tests But the cause of all the misfortunes has been identified: we figured out where our problem is, but it’s not easy to solve. If it was easy, we would definitely have solved it “, highlighted Puig.
Alberto Puig: we need to change our approach”
” We think we have chassis issues. We have tried a few different solutions, but this has not yet been a complete answer to the problem. However, this does not mean that we do not understand the problem. What we need to do is find a solution to this problem We are the world’s leading manufacturer: no solution to a problem still identified.
A situation that leads to another reflection: must the answer necessarily come from Japan? In view of a MotoGP currently dominated by European skills, there is reason to wonder, to the point thatAlberto Puig evokes a necessary change of strategy for the future: ” we have to do it because we are not achieving our goals “He said.” Honda is a company that has always been a leader in racing, especially on two wheels. It is our DNA. We are not achieving this claim of being leaders, so we need to change our approach. We have done it in the past and we will have to do it again now in the present “.
As the second half of the season approaches, the Spaniard said: From the riders ’point of view it’s a story, from the factory’s point of view it’s another story.. They do their best with what we give them as a Honda. From the manufacturer’s point of view, it is clear that no one is happy with this situation and that we need to do whatever it takes to find a solution. All I can say is that in Japan they are trying to achieve this, just as the team members in Europe and the whole Repsol Honda team are trying to analyze what we can do with another to get out of this current situation. “.
Alberto Puig finished: ” the most important thing is to improve our bike and return to the normal level to which Honda is accustomed. That is the priority. All you can do is move on, even if the situation encourages you For 2023, the trend is that of the four pilots currently in an RC213V, only Marc Márquez should survive. Pol Espargaro is expected at Tech3 KTM, Nakagami would not pass a Ai Ogura onÀlex Márquez has already signed for Gresini Ducati. Joan Mir i Alex Rinsthe two future ex-Suzuki are approaching instead.