Portugal was a subdued weekend for Honda. Marc Marquez’s 6th place in Portimão was a disappointing result for the Japanese manufacturer that revolutionized its bike this year. But their new project hasn’t reached a good level yet, and every Grand Prix will be important to bring it up to par.
That’s what Marc hopes. Right now, he’s like a lion in a cage looking for a bike that will allow him to express himself to the fullest. In the meantime, he’ll be able to count on the “team factor” this weekend.
“Of course I’m happy to go to Jerez and see my Spanish fans. It’s a very special circuit to race on, not only because of its history, but also because of the atmosphere on the day of the race. After several difficult years, I hope that all my fans will come and have fun.“
That’s Marc’s sentimental side, then there’s his technical one.
“For us, it’ll be an important weekend to continue to improve and get closer to the leading positions,” Marc said. “Portimão was a complicated weekend for us, so I hope that everything in Jerez will be easier and that we can work well throughout the weekend to be able battle it out on Sunday.“
His teammate, Pol Espargarò, is also in the same situation. After a promising start to the year with his podium in Qatar, the Spanish rider seems not to have progressed in his performance on the Honda.
“The best thing to do after a difficult race is to race again, so I’m happy to go immediately to Jerez,” he said, with a fighting spirit. “We have to figure out what our situation will be and work to improve it, to demonstrate the speed we had in the winter. It’s nice to be back in Spain, and we hope race in front of many fans on Sunday, like in the past, because this is something that makes Jerez really special. This weekend, we’ll work hard, and we’ll demonstrate what we can do. I have confidence in my team and HRC to unlock our potential.“