Track report by Alberto Puig [Repsol Honda Team – Team Manager]
Not an easy weekend in Portimao.
We didn’t have an easy race. We weren’t able to get the perfect set-up and probably needed more time to figure out our bike on this track. Admittedly, we didn’t have enough time with regular conditions, but that’s no excuse because the other riders and teams were fast with the same time in the same conditions. We have to keep working and exploring the possibilities available to us, we are now preparing to head to Jerez with an open mindset.
Was the choice of tires by the drivers the right ones?
Yes, Pol Espargaro chose the hard tire and it did him good. Marc Marquez went with the medium. For their riding style, it was OK in Portugal and they made their choices well.
What are the positives and negatives of the GP?
The good news is that we are two points close to the top of the Rider Championship, but the reality is that our performance has not been as good as we expected here. Being 16 seconds from the winner is not the goal. It’s not good for us and we have to improve.
The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix.
Yes, now we are going to Jerez, a circuit where our riders have traditionally been fast. We have to wait and see what the situation is, aim for a better race and try to understand if we are not there with the group in the race. Portimao showed that we still have to improve our bike.