Spain Track Report
May 6, 2019
What was the strategy for the Jerez race?
This is a circuit where you cannot escape in one lap; you have to do it little by little, as Marc did today. Tenth by tenth, trying to open the gap calmly. He waited to feel comfortable and when the tire started to drop he could keep the pace and other riders couldn't.
We are very happy how all the Hondas are working, including our test rider Stefan Bradl who did very well to be in the top ten this race. Unfortunately Jorge still doesn't feel perfect with the bike, we are waiting to find what he needs to be fast on the bike.
Jorge's strategy was to start well and move up the field, to fight with more riders ahead but he wasn't able to do this and left unhappy with his result in the race.
Positive points and negative points after the race?
A positive is the victory, Marc and Honda are again leading the Rider and Constructor championships and Marc feels comfortable with the RC213V. The negative is that Jorge isn't in the position we would like.
Now we start races in Europe, when the weather conditions are sometimes complicated at tracks like Le Mans, where it's cold and normally rains.
On Monday we have the test with some things to try, some for now and some for further in the future. We will try to analyze all the data and understand when we can use it.
The view from pit wall during the race?
We knew Jerez would be a track where we had to work calmly, progressively and Marc has been calm.
Inside story apart from official comments?
What is clear is that there is a new generation who are reducing the gap at the front, Jerez has been an example of this. Races are very competitive, we have to be careful and try to get the maximum numbers of points each weekend as everything is very close now.