MotoGP Austin J3 Alberto Puig: “Marc Márquez is a rider who is one step above the rest”

Repsol Honda Team Principal Alberto Puig tells anyone who will listen that when the RC213V is out front, it’s because HRC is doing its job right. That before realizing that it is systematically Marc Márquez at the handlebars when the consecration arrives… But in Austin, in the edition of the Grand Prix of the Americas that has just passed, the same Spanish official was forced to admit that his eight – World Champion time still had a lot to do with the performance of his bikes…

Go up 18 places on a route like Austin in a race started in last position in the first corner, to finish his demonstration sixth six seconds behind the winner, it is not given to everyone. So much so that even the eternally dissatisfied Alberto Puig He was speechless…” Marc had a really impressive race, really. the team manager said. ” He had a technical problem at the start, it’s a shame “. On this subject, he states: Honda HRC investigates what happened, what was the problem and what is the solution ».

« Even in this situation Marc was able to recover and in turn 1 the bike was working well and he was able to show his true pace. He showed that he was the fastest driver at COTA on Sunday. Everyone saw it and he put on an amazing performance. ” East Puig who even insists: in Austin everyone could see how Marc was driving, and you see the potential of a driver when he starts last and has to make up many seconds, almost six after the first lap, to finish just six seconds behind the first. He is a pilot who is above the rest. ».

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Alberto Puig: no hard feelings for Pol Espargaró

While Mark Marquez caught the attention of the spotlight favorably, his partner Pol Espargaro He struggled out of the shadows. But he also had all the excuses in the world, given to him by the uncompromising Puig : « Pol has suffered since he arrived in the United States. He got food poisoning earlier in the week and was sick all weekend. When you have stomach problems, you lose all your strength and on a track like COTA, which is super physical, it’s even more of a problem. He gave his best and scored points, that’s what we appreciate the most. suffered a lot and it was a bad experience for him ».

In the drivers’ championship, his herd is in 38 Y 40 leader points Bastianini Y sling it is the last of the constructors in its hierarchy. How Alberto Puig Does he see what’s next? ” We are going to Europe and we will start with two circuits that Marc likes, he likes both Portimao and Jerez. The World Championship is very open, because Marc is only 40 points behind the leader, despite missing two races, and Pol 38. It is the longest season we have had. There are still more than 300 points to earn and we have already seen that in 2022 many things can happen. We will fight like the rest of the teams and drivers, and we will maintain the same mentality that we always have, which is to try to win. ».

In the race: Marc Márquez (93) ahead of Oliveira (88), Morbidelli and his brother Alex

Results of the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin:

Credit Classification: motogp.com

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