MotoGP
05 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
35 days
R
Thailand GP
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
49 days
R
Americas GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
63 days
R
Argentinian GP
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
77 days
R
Spanish GP
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
91 days
14 May
-
17 May
Next event in
105 days
R
Italian GP
28 May
-
31 May
Next event in
119 days
R
Catalan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
126 days
18 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
140 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
147 days
R
Finnish GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
161 days
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
189 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
196 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
210 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
224 days
01 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
245 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
259 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
267 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
273 days
R
Valencia GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
287 days

Honda: Managing Marquez and Lorenzo a "challenge"

shares
comments
Honda: Managing Marquez and Lorenzo a "challenge"
By:
Jul 23, 2018, 9:48 AM

Managing the relationship between 2019 Honda MotoGP teammates Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo is likely to be a "challenge", admits team principal Alberto Puig.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Podium: race winner Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Team Team Principal
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, Tetsuhiro Kuwata
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Lorenzo will move across from Ducati to replace Dani Pedrosa at the Repsol Honda team next season, giving the Japanese manufacturer two premier class title-winning riders for the first time since 1989.

Explaining the rationale behind recruiting Lorenzo, Puig said it is Honda's philosophy to sign the best available riders, even if it gives the team the headache of trying to manage tensions between them.

"The understanding is that the team wants to have the best riders, this is the principle," said Puig in a press conference at the Sachsenring.

"The possibility was there [to sign Lorenzo], and we took it. Other teams, I don’t know how they are doing [it]. Maybe they are not doing [this]. 

"For Honda it’s important to prepare the best bikes we can, and give them to the riders that are faster.

"Of course, not easy. But if we wanted things to be easy, probably we wouldn’t run a team at this level. It's complicated, but it’s a challenge.

"At Honda we always look for a challenge."

As well as managing the personality of two top riders, Honda will have the added difficulty of finding a way of making a bike suited to both Marquez and Lorenzo, who have wildly diverging riding styles.

HRC General Manager Tetsuhiro Kuwata denied suggestions that the current version the RC213V is moulded entirely around Marquez's needs and said Honda will continue on the same path in 2019.

"Now, we are developing for Marc and also for Dani," said Kuwata. "It’s not only for one rider. So we will continue the same way next year.

"We don’t know Jorge, which kind of machine [he wants]. But of course we will try to adapt to his requirements. And also Marc has a lot of requests to us, and we try to achieve this.

"It will be very challenging, but we keep [going] in the same way. If we can make a good machine for Marc and also Dani, it means our technical potential is high.

"For next year we try to prepare a high-level machine for both Marc and Jorge."

Next article
Espargaro leaves hospital after German GP crash

Previous article

Espargaro leaves hospital after German GP crash

Next article

Suzuki aims to lose concessions "as soon as possible"

Suzuki aims to lose concessions "as soon as possible"
Load comments