Honda rider Marc Marquez stamped his authority on last weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix, recovering from an early near-miss to retake the lead and win the race by almost three seconds over the Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.
Speaking to the team’s official website, Honda’s Team Principal, Livio Suppo, speaks about round 14 giving his expert analyses of the event…
What was the strategy for the Aragon race?
After two very positive days of practice for both riders, the strategy for the race was very similar for both Marc and Dani. They knew they had the speed to fight for the podium and also for the victory, because their pace during practice was very good, especially for Marc. For him the strategy was to stay with the leading group from the beginning, manage the tires and attack at the end. But Marc had to adapt to the situation because when he almost lost the front he lost several positions and he had to recover. He did a great job and finished the race as expected! Unfortunately for Dani things were much more difficult. At the end of the day he did a great job to finish the race, even though he had a front tire issue that Michelin will investigate.
Any positive or negative points about the race?
Clearly the positive is that Marc was able to win and increase his leadership in the Championship. The negative is that Dani suffered with his front tire and was not able to show his talent as he did in Misano.
The view from pit wall during the race?
When Marc lost the front, we almost had a heart attack! But after that it was very good to see him recovering positions, step by step, and get a well-deserved win after dominating all weekend. For Dani, we understood there was something wrong because his potential was much higher, but until he came back to the garage we didn’t know what happened.
Any inside stories apart from your official comments?
Mr. Shinji Aoyama, Honda Chief Operating Officer of Motorcycle Operations, was at Aragon this weekend. He went onto the podium to collect the Constructers Trophy and I believe he enjoyed the champagne celebration together with Marc!
Japanese rider Ayumu Sasaki won the Rookies Cup title – what do you think about his achievement? And now that you head to Japan for the Japanese Grand Prix, any messages to the Japanese fan.
We are really happy with Sasaki-san’s achievement because it proves that Asia Talent Cup, that he won in 2015, is working very well to prepare future GP riders. Alberto Puig and his team are working together with Dorna and HRC to promote our sport in the Asia area and we are very happy about this project. Congratulations to Sasaki-san and all people around him, we really hope young asian guys will find inspiration in his win!