Honda bottomed out in Sachsenring. There are several reasons that explain the hit of the Japanese manufacturer in a circuit where he always won Marc Márquez (which could not be last Sunday to be recovering from the fourth operation on the humerus of the right arm). What’s more, they had linked victories on the German track since 2010. But the tenth of the 2022 season arrived and the drivers of the golden wing brand surpassed each other. They didn’t get a single point. Takaaki Nakagami, Paul Espargaro and Alex Marquez did not finish the race due to various circumstances and Stefan Bradl He was 16th (the last of those who finished the test). The substitute for the eighth champion was 52,040! of the winner fabio quartararo.
In short: what a disaster. And if you look back, things are worse, since Honda had linked 633 consecutive runs scoring in the queen category. Since 1982 they did not suffer a similar situation. Have passed 40 years so that they have relived a nightmare of such caliber.
“I don’t know about statistics. I just know that we are not in the right situation right now and we have to completely change this. We have done it many times in the past, we are Honda!“, emphasizes a Alberto Puig that relies on the reaction of a team accustomed to savoring the honey of victory.
On the other hand, the Repsol Honda team manager talks about Marc Márquez… and the Honda RC213V. “Marc’s story follows its own path. He has undergone surgery and fortunately it is going well. But we cannot believe that everything is super positive. Positive is when we have a competitive bike and we can return to our normal level of racing and results“, he argues. And, immediately afterwards, he adds: “I have spoken with Marc. He is happy and his right arm is progressing. He has met with the doctors and is doing what they have told him to do. But we can be sure that he is following the situation on the circuits and I’m sure he’ll show up soon to see what’s going on first hand, to understand how we’re trying to improve the bike.“.
“We don’t hide”
Puig prefers to turn the page after the catastrophe suffered by Honda at the Sachsenring. “It is clear that it was not a good weekend, and we have to analyze it as soon as possible to know how to get out of this situation. We don’t hide. We know we must improve. Assen is always a difficult track, it is a very demanding circuit. You need to have a bike with good balance because there are some high-speed corners and some very slow ones, you need to have good control of your bike, otherwise you can have a lot of difficulties there,” he warns ahead of this weekend’s event in the ‘Cathedral of the North’.
Pol: “We have to change this streak”
For his part, Pol Espargaró, who had to retire terribly tired and sore on lap 23 of the race at the Sachsenring (due to the blow he sustained to the chest in practice at the German event), agrees with Puig. “The goal is to get a good result in Assen before the summer break, we have to change the run of bad races we’ve had”, highlights ‘Polyccio’.
The man from Granollers admits that he will not arrive one hundred percent at this eleventh round of the 2022 MotoGP calendar. “I have been at home for a few days doing everything possible to be prepared for this weekend’s race, receiving intense treatment in the ribs. There’s not much else we can do so I’m as prepared as I can be. Assen is a very different track to Germany, obviously there are a lot of quick direction changes and you really need to have a bike that handles well.” judgment.