“Stressful” who do not understand the limits of Honda MotoGP bikes – Motorsports

The six-time MotoGP podium finisher made its debut on the RC213V in Qatar on Saturday, improving the lap time by 1.2 seconds from Sunday to 12th at 1:54:673.

Espargaro said on Saturday that both KTM and Honda, which he rode for four years, are similar in terms of handling-but they felt they were. “Too different” for direct comparison – And this meant he didn’t have to completely re-adapt his riding style to the RC213V.

But he admits he still has “a lot” to learn about Honda, and says the fact that he hasn’t crashed yet shows that there is “high” room for improvement.

“As I said before, it’s difficult to adapt to electronics, but it’s also difficult to change the map while you’re stressed by your bike. [is difficult] I’m riding the bike with a lot of stress right now, “he said.

“I don’t know the limits of the bike. Today I was the first seven tenths. [Fabio Quartararo on the factory Yamaha], But I don’t know if the bike will start me when I enter the corner 3, 4, 5 km / h faster. It’s very stressful.

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“It hasn’t crashed at this point. This shows the margin. [to improve] Is expensive.

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Photo: Repsol Media

“But if you want to hear about how electronics work, map changes, refueling, etc., there’s a lot I need to learn. [holeshot] device. And stupid things like hitting the pit limiter or putting in neutral.

“There are a lot of new bikes that need to be adapted.”

LCR’s Honda counterpart Alex Marquez suffered another bruise in Qatar after recording two crashes.

Marquez finished Sunday at Espargaro on the 14th, just over two-tenths, after his execution plan was compromised by his spill.

“Today, I crashed twice when I was just starting out. [the day]”He explained that he had already suffered a major fall on Saturday.

“I was trying a different front tire and made a very small mistake, but this stopped a bit of the work we were doing on the various bikes.

“”[It] It was a little difficult at that point because it was a small crash, but it took some time to repair the bike.

“The last bike was that bike again, with used tires and new tires for a short attack.

“But I made a typical mistake here in Turn 2, so fortunately it didn’t do much damage. I made two mistakes, which I need to improve. That is. “

Alex Marquez crashes bike with Team LCR Honda

Alex Marquez crashes bike with Team LCR Honda

Photo: Gold and Goose / Motorsport image

Honda has all four riders participating in various test programs in Qatar, and Marquez is focusing on the new chassis today, but didn’t feel it would bring any special benefits.

“The main thing is that all four riders try to be different at different times and eventually arrive in the same direction,” he added.

“Today, I focused on the chassis side in an attempt to understand a lot.

“It wasn’t really positive, but it’s good to know how to follow.”

– Motorsports

“Stressful” who do not understand the limits of Honda MotoGP bikes “Stressful” who do not understand the limits of Honda MotoGP bikes

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