“Realistic” Honda drivers before the Spanish GP

If Luca Marini and Joan Mir do not set ambitious goals for the Spanish GP, they hope that the meeting will allow Honda to progress.

Published on 23/04/2024 à 18:39

Luca Bartolomeo

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“Realistic” Honda drivers before the Spanish GP

Honda collecting information in Jerez ©HRC

After a complicated weekend in the United States, Honda arrives in Spain with the hope of gathering plenty of information. To put all the chances on its side, the Japanese factory will call on the expertise of Stefan Bradl as Wildcard.

The German will take part in the race weekend, to familiarize himself with the Honda before taking part in the first official tests of the season on the same circuit, the day after the main race.

For their part, the regular drivers arrive in Europe without great ambitions. If Joan Mir is about to contest his Grand Prix at home, the Iberian knows that he should not expect too much from his RC213V.

“I think coming to Jerez, where all the local fans support me, will be a help after the difficult weekend we had in Austin, explains number 36. It is important to put this behind us and continue working as we have done since the beginning of the year.

We must be realistic about what is possible, and we must focus on improvements, continues Mir. It's about progressing step by step, we can't expect to make a big step forward at this stage. »

On the other side of the Repsol Honda garage, Luca Marini has still not unlocked his meter in 2024, but sees the collection of data during the coming weekend as a good thing for the future.

“It’s another weekend to continue working with the team. Now is not the time to stop working, we must continue to collect information, but also work on developments for the future, adds the Italian. Jerez is a good track for this kind of work, the team has done a lot of testing here and will be with us this weekend so it will be interesting to see what we can get out of it. »

Note that Honda has a total of 25 victories during the Spanish Grand Prix. However, the Japanese team has not won at Jerez since 2019.

Luca Bartolomeo

Certified Belgian without accent who writes with pleasure for a French site. In charge of MotoGP

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