The eventful MotoGP race of the Grand Prix of the Emilia Romagna held this Sunday ended up yielding the best result of the season for the team Repsol Honda, which took the first two places on the podium with Marc Márquez’s third victory of the course, the second in a row, and Pol Espargaró’s first podium since he signed for the winged brand.
Alberto Puig, HRC Team Manager, gave his impressions on the Misano weekend, as usual every Monday after the races.
“This weekend was a good opportunity to compare the race with the first one held a month ago in Misano, and thus be able to see our progress ”, explains Puig. “Leaving with this result is great. A 1-2 is never easy, not even being in your best condition and this is not the case, we are not in our best moment ”, he adds.
“However, we have achieved a fantastic result thanks to a combination of factors and the great effort of our pilots, the continuous work of Sling and, of course, the hard work of our team members. We clearly demonstrate that we will never give up or give up. ”
For Marc Márquez Misano’s is the third race of the course, the second in a row and the first on a circuit that turns to the right, a factor highly highlighted by the runner himself.
“For Marc, this is an even more difficult period than all the others. He is still recovering, he is still in trouble, he has not yet recovered his full state, he knows it and we know it. That is why this victory at Misano, especially on this track, has even more value. What this guy is doing, no one knows apart from him ”, stressed the ex-pilot.
On the other side of the garage finally came the first great result of the season with a podium.
“Pol Espargaro he has been enduring a very difficult season in which there were high expectations. We know it hasn’t been easy, but the good news is that he never gives up. He is always trying to find a solution, as is his team; his group shares his attitude of never giving up ”, highlights Puig.
“So finally this podium was like a gift, he deserves it, but it is also a gift for the team and for Honda because we are all helping him as much as we can. We are very happy for him and the fact that he has achieved his best position for Honda, with his first podium with these colors, shows the potential. Now we hope that his confidence will continue to increase and that he will be able to continue pushing the bike to the limit, as he did on Sunday ”.
With two races to go to conclude a difficult season, the double achieved at Misano does not stop Puig’s ambitions for the remainder of the year.
“This is a winning team, and our focus is always trying to win, our goal is to fight for the title every year. The only difference is that sometimes the situation is not perfect. The last two years have not been easy for us, but you will not find a single person within this team who wants to go to the next race to try to finish second. We will go to the next race trying to win again because this is Honda ”.
Honda’s great result was overshadowed by the achievement of the World title by Fabio Quartararo, the new MotoGP champion.
“We want to congratulate Fabio and Yamaha on their title at Misano two races before the end of the championship. They deserve it. Fabio has been the best driver this season, he won five races, got a lot of podiums and he really deserves it, ”said Puig.
Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team, Pol Espargaró, Repsol Honda Team