Alberto Puig (Honda): ‘Only a positive side’ / MotoGP

At the French Grand Prix, none of the Honda drivers made it to the top five, and the best driver was Marc Marquez in sixth. Then HRC Director Alberto Puig found clear but encouraging words.

After the French Grand Prix, Honda finished sixth and last in the constructors’ championship with 67 points. A worrying situation for a successful manufacturer from Japan. Although all four Honda riders finished the race at Le Mans, none of them made it to the top five. Marc Marquez’s character figure finished sixth, 15 seconds behind winner Ina Bastianini (Gressini Ducati), and LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami came in second. Factory driver Paul Espargaro was 11th, after 22 seconds, outside the top 10, while Alex Marquez was only 14th.

Alberto Puig, Honda manager, commented harshly: “Obviously these are not the results we are striving for.” “The reality shows that we have some problems. We keep looking for ways to unleash our true potential. The race was not a complete disaster, but we hope for better results, especially with Mark.” After seven races, the eight-time world champion, as the best Honda driver, finished tenth in the drivers’ standings.

The 55-year-old Spaniard added: “All the drivers managed to finish the race at the finish line. But I think the only positive thing is that we are not happy. This is positive because when things go wrong it is always easy to lose motivation. But that is not our mentality. We will fight On our way back and back to the results we strive to achieve.”

MotoGP result, Le Mans (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 27 laps in 41: 34.613 minutes
2. Miller, Ducati, +2.718 seconds
3. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +4.182
4. Quarteraro, Yamaha +4.288
5. Zarco, Ducati +11.139
6. Marc Marquez, Honda +15.155
7. Nakagami, Honda +16,680
8. Brad Bender, KTM, +18.459.600
9. Marini, Ducati +20.541
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +21.486
11. Paul Espargaro, Honda +22.707
12. Besicchi, Ducati +23.408
13. Di Giannantonio, Ducati +26.432
14. Alex Marquez, Honda +28.710
15. Morbidley, Yamaha +29.433
16. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +38.149
17. Darren Bender, Yamaha +59,748
– Oliveira, KTM, 3 laps down
– Bagnaya, Ducati, 7 laps down
– Martin, Ducati, 11 laps behind
– Mir, Suzuki, 14 laps back
– Fernandez, KTM, 21 laps down
– Rins, Suzuki, 22 laps back
– Gardner, KTM, 24 laps

Championship status after 7 of 21 Grand Prix:

1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43 12 Pol Espargaró 40 13 Viñales 33 14 Nakagami 30 15 Martin 28 16 Marini 21 17 Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darren Bender 6. 22. Di Gianntonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.

Creators Championship:

1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.

Team World Cup:
1. Aprilia Racing 131 points. 2 Suzuki Ecstar 125 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 40 11 WithU Yamaha RNF 14 12 Tech3 KTM Factory 3

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