21 March 2013
Interview with Santi Hernandez
"The overall analysis is very positive and he is adjusting well. We have had three tests in Malaysia, where you have all day to work, try things, look at the telemetry and assess more of the changes that you will make. This gives you time to think more, to have more data collected and be surer about the adjustments. For now, we can say that in testing he is adapting quite well, but we also have to see what happens when we get to the races, at new circuits where we have not ever raced in MotoGP.
“There will be little time for practice and we'll have to test tyres, gearing, suspensions –many things in a short space of time. All the while you have to clock good times in order to qualify, with the new system that has been implemented for this year. That will really show how we have adapted to the category. As he demonstrated in Moto2, Marc is a hard worker who always knows what he needs to do in order to go faster. In turn, he also gives the technicians very clear information. This helps make the whole process somewhat faster.
“As I always say, however, wait for the races; they will be a completely different scenario."
How have you and Carlos Linan adapted to the new team?
"The truth is that this is totally different to what we were used to in Moto2 because, in a private team, the team approach is totally different. We have taken a turn for the better. Keep in mind that we are in the MotoGP class, in the best team –Honda– and that for us this is a big step. What we have seen up to now is that there are many more people, many more engineers around, but at the same time you can see why in MotoGP this is required.
“There are so many things, so many parameters and so many bike parts to keep on top of, that all of this is necessary. The team that we have inherited was Casey Stoner's, and they've been working for a long time together. They know each other well, they are good technicians and mechanics and I think, little-by-little, we're learning more about one another. We're getting closer all the time. I must say that I feel happy to be working with them and, above all, with HRC."
Have you found many changes between the Repsol Honda Team when you worked with Criville and now?
"In those days we were running with the old 500cc bikes, two-strokes, and things worked differently. The bikes were different from how they are now. There was not so much electronics. Also, my position was different; I worked as a Showa suspensions technician and wasn't a part of HRC. It's true that I've noticed a big change, because there are many engineers who I worked with who are no longer here, we have new engineers, a new bike etc. You can that say it has changed considerably and, from my point of view, for the better.”
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