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Repsol Honda Team take positive lessons from confidence building Sprint

Repsol Honda Team take positive lessons from confidence building Sprint


MotoGP 2024 Round 2, Grande Premio de Portugal

Portugal, March 24, 2024: A day of improvements for Joan Mir and Luca Marini in Portugal, the pair pleased to finish the Sprint with good information and direction for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Despite a muted start to the day with Qualifying, the Repsol Honda Team were ultimately left with positive feelings as setup changes for the Sprint Race saw both Mir and Marini make improvements. The pair head into Sunday looking to emulate this progress once more as they remain focused on building the project ahead of them.

Starting 20th, Mir launched well but found himself in a tangle of riders through Turn 1 and his progress briefly stalled. Keeping his focus, the #36 would produce a steady march up the order to finish as the first Honda rider home. Passing Morbidelli and Augusto Fernandez in the closing stages of the race, Mir walked away pleased with the pace he had shown compared to that of the top ten. Mir would ultimately finish in 14th.

Marini entered the 12-lap Sprint focusing purely on himself and his riding, out to collect as much information as possible. Starting well, he attached himself to the other Honda riders and worked to stay with them throughout the race. Pre-Sprint setup changes yielded some positives for the Italian who is looking for further improvements, and more laps completed, in Sunday’s feature race. Marini crossed the line in 18th place.

The 25-Lap Portuguese Grand Prix is schedule to start at 14:00 Local Time on Sunday, March 24. Both Mir and Marini will be searching for more progress on Sunday as they continue the development of the Honda RC213V.

Joan Mir (14th)

“Our race was quite good in the end after we took a pretty big risk with the setup. It’s still a new bike and we are learning things every exit. In the morning, we weren’t able to make the step forward that we needed to so we suffered in Qualifying. In the race my pace was close to that of the top ten but starting so far back limits you. We have to be happy with the step we made in the race because we were able to improve our race pace by a second.”

 

Luca Marini (18th)

 

“I went into the Sprint today with a different setting that we wanted to try across the 12 laps of the short race to understand the behaviour of the bike. I think this helped us to find something in the exit of the corners but we sacrificed a little bit in other areas. For us the Sprint is a good opportunity to try things. Now it’s time to analyse the data and also check what Joan and his team did to improve overall. We still have Warm Up tomorrow to try a few things and keep on improving.”

 

Portuegese GP - Sprint Results

 

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

VINALES MAVERICK

12

SPA

12

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

19'49.636

2

MARQUEZ MARC

93

SPA

9

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

1.039

3

MARTIN JORGE

89

SPA

7

Pramac Racing

Ducati

1.122

4

BAGNAIA FRANCESCO

1

ITA

6

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

4.155

5

MILLER JACK

43

AUS

5

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

4.329

6

BASTIANINI ENEA

23

ITA

4

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

4.384

7

ACOSTA PEDRO

31

SPA

3

Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3

KTM

5.088

8

ESPARGARO ALEIX

41

SPA

2

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

6.161

9

QUARTARARO FABIO

20

FRA

1

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

7.501

10

FERNANDEZ RAUL

25

SPA

0

Trackhouse Racing

Aprilia

8.484

11

BEZZECCHI MARCO

72

ITA

0

Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team

Ducati

9.529

12

OLIVEIRA MIGUEL

88

POR

0

Trackhouse Racing

Aprilia

10.519

13

MARQUEZ ALEX

73

SPA

0

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

11.458

14

MIR JOAN

36

SPA

0

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

14.035

15

FERNANDEZ AUGUSTO

37

SPA

0

Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3

KTM

14.853

16

MORBIDELLI FRANCO

21

ITA

0

Pramac Racing

Ducati

16.049

17

NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI

30

JPN

0

LCR Honda

Honda

16.398

18

MARINI LUCA

10

ITA

0

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

24.907

19

ZARCO JOHANN

5

FRA

DNF

LCR Honda

Honda

DNF

20

DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO

49

ITA

DNF

Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team

Ducati

DNF

21

BINDER BRAD

33

RSA

DNF

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

DNF

22

RINS ALEX

42

SPA

DNF

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

Yamaha

DNF

 

Rider standings

 

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

BAGNAIA FRANCESCO

1

ITA

37

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

2

MARTIN JORGE

89

SPA

35

Pramac Racing

Ducati

3

BINDER BRAD

33

RSA

29

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

KTM

4

MARQUEZ MARC

93

SPA

27

Team Gresini Racing MotoGP

Ducati

5

VINALES MAVERICK

12

SPA

19

Aprilia Racing

Aprilia

6

BASTIANINI ENEA

23

ITA

19

Ducati Lenovo Team

Ducati

7

ESPARGARO ALEIX














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