MotoGP »

Puig: Repsol Honda not going to Qatar with our heads down

Dani Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig acknowledges that Repsol Honda has encountered some 'problems' during pre-season MotoGP 2010 testing - but he is adamant that the team is far from on the back foot heading to Qatar
Alberto Puig has shrugged off concerns that Repsol Honda is not at the same level of competitiveness as arch-rivals FIAT Yamaha and Ducati Corse speeding towards the beginning of the 2010 MotoGP campaign in Qatar next weekend – insisting that the championship is not a sprint but rather a 'contest of stamina'.

Dani Pedrosa – one of the premier class' four established 'Aliens' and an anticipated title contender this year – has struggled during pre-season testing, and wound up a lowly 13th out of 17 at the close of play in the final test at Losail last month, more than one-and-a-half seconds shy of the outright pace.

A lack of stability and issues with the rear of the new RC212V have been the principal reported problems, but on the same prototype, the likes of Andrea Dovizioso and Randy de Puniet have been considerably closer to the sharp end of proceedings.

Twelve months ago, Pedrosa headed into battle still afflicted by an injury sustained during the season build-up – for the second consecutive year – and a lowly eleventh place under Qatar's floodlights was the price he paid. However, with the 24-year-old Spaniard fighting fit in 2010, his team manager Puig is confident of a far better result this time around.

“As with every year, we have to be prepared for a long new season,” he told the official MotoGP website. “Qatar is the first race, but in the end this is an endurance championship of eight or nine months, and we have to be prepared for that. We're going to Qatar to begin this contest of stamina.

“Last year we were physically depleted when we started; [Pedrosa] went out injured, and we couldn't improve that. This year at least we arrive at the first race with a rider in good condition, and that's already better. That was our aim in the pre-season – to start without any problems with the rider.

“Obviously, we want the bike to be at its best and the rider to have the most comfortable feeling with it, but so far it has been testing. That may give an indication of what it will be like on the track for the race, but it's not something decisive. What really counts is what happens on Sunday – race night – in Qatar.

“I know what problems we have had, and we intend to solve them as best we can during the weekend. We are dealing with different elements, and we're going to see if we can put everything in-place and overcome these small problems we're having.

“I see the times, and those that have registered them (Yamaha and Ducati) are fast. We have different things to test, and maybe we have to do that during the grand prix weekend, but the one thing I can say is that we're not going to Qatar with our heads down at all. In every race we go out to win; the mentality of the official Honda team is to win races, and we go to Qatar to do the best for the team and for us.

“We must concentrate on our rider and bike. If we are focussed, we'll go out and give the maximum each race, then we'll see who can be up there. It could be the same as last year or with some new riders, but the aim remains the same – to be as high as possible, regardless of who is in front.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Leitner and Pedrosa, Qatar MotoGP test 2010
Pedrosa, Qatar MotoGP Test 2010
Pedrosa, Sepang MotoGP tests, 4th-5th February, 2010
Pedrosa, Qatar MotoGP test 2010
Puig, Qatar MotoGP test 2010
Honda testing at Brno (pic: Jan Starek).
The 2015 Honda RC213V (pic: Jan Starek).
Dani Pedrosa tests 2015 Honda (pic: Jan Starek).
Marc Marquez tests 2015 Honda (pic: Jan Starek).
Brough Superior will enter the Moto2 class as a wild-card Silverstone, with Luke Mossey (Pic: Double Red)
Pol Espargaro, German MotoGP 2014
Bautista, German MotoGP 2014
Bautista, German MotoGP 2014
Aleix Espargaro, German MotoGP 2014
Aleix Espargaro, German MotoGP 2014
Redding, German MotoGP 2014
Redding, German MotoGP 2014
Crutchlow, German MotoGP 2014

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


salvotabs - Unregistered

April 01, 2010 5:40 PM

Rossi and Burgess build a title winning bike at honda, go to yam and do the same. Pedrosa and Puig take a title winning bike and "develop" it in to an mid pack finnisher (with help from HRC arrogance). They are lost and out of their league.

johno - Unregistered

April 01, 2010 5:26 PM

ever since the anti-hayden comments this smug punk made a few years back, I have cheered against honda. Nothing against Dani or Dovi. Just sucks they have have to lumped in with this worthless piece of sh**.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.