Sport Marc Marquez on MotoGP 2020: "Honda got a bit astray"
Valentino Rossi's mother: "Even at the age of 42 he can still inspire"
© Motorsport Images Valentino Rossi continues to attract attention Valentino Rossi is celebrating his 42nd birthday today. Not surprisingly, Rossi is by far the oldest rider in the MotoGP field. His statistics are even more impressive: Rossi celebrated a total of 89 victories in the MotoGP / 500 World Championship. Rossi was on the podium 235 times in the premier class.
No win and penultimate in the manufacturers' championship: Honda fell into a deep hole in the MotoGP 2020 season when spearhead Marc Marquez injured himself
The season In 2020, those in charge of Honda's MotoGP project would probably like to erase them from their memories. After defending champion and World Cup favorite Marc Marquez injured himself at the season opener in Jerez and, apart from the failed comeback attempt, could no longer drive a week after the crash, a gap arose at Honda that none of the four drivers could fill.
In the 14 races Honda could not achieve a victory. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) was the best-placed Honda driver in tenth place in the World Championship. In the manufacturers' championship, Honda was only able to leave Aprilia behind.
Red Bull is open to production of its own F1 engines from 2025
© Motorsport Images Red Bull sees the takeover of Honda engines not just as a short-term project For Red Bull, the engine deal with Honda is what it takes enables the team to continue to use the drive units of the Japanese even after they have left Formula 1 at the end of 2021, by no means an emergency solution. The racing team has long-term plans to set up its own engine department in Milton Keynes.
And in the team standings, the highly respected Repsol Honda works team came in ninth out of eleven positions. Only the Avintia / Esponsorama team and the Gresini-Aprilia team collected fewer points.rookie Alex Marquez struggled to adapt to MotoGP
Marc Marquez stayed in touch during his recovery break and realized how badly those involved in the Honda MotoGP project had to suffer. "I know that the Japanese employees in particular had to fight hard," the Spaniard remarked to MotoGP.com.
Alex Marquez finished his MotoGP debut season in 14th place in the World Championship
Photo: Motorsport Images"I wasn't there. In some races they got a little off track. That wasn't necessarily because of my absence, "explains Marc Marquez, blaming brother Alex Marquez's inexperience.
MotoGP 2021: Honda presents Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro
© HRC Honda competes with Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro in 2021 The Honda works team has presented the riders and motorcycles for the MotoGP season 2021. On Monday, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro pulled the towels off their machines. The design with the main sponsors Repsol and Red Bull is practically unchanged from previous years. © HRC Marc Marquez In 2021, the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer wants to get back on the road to success.
"My brother was a rookie. He learned how to drive and couldn't bother with the bike. Cal Crutchlow was not at his best. He also struggled. Nakagami showed some good races, but not enough," concluded Marquez.Marc Marquez looks hopefully into the future and praises Stefan Bradl
"They struggled," says Marquez. "But they worked very hard and tried a lot of things. They used a different motorcycle than me because there were new parts. I have to catch up with that when I can ride again. Now they are working very hard."
"You have completed a lot of tests with Stefan Bradl. He's doing a very good job," says Marquez, praising the work of the HRC test driver, who has already done a few laps in Spain with 2021 components. "You have to thank them because they keep pushing to put together the best possible package, a package with which you can fight for the championship."
During his injury break, Marquez was constantly in touch with crew chief Santi Hernandez. "I stayed in contact because it was important to me to stay involved. I didn't want to break contact. I wanted to know what they were doing. When I come back, I'll be better informed," explains car number 93.
In the new season Marquez has a new teammate. He expects a lot from Pol Espargaro. "Pol is hungry. It will be a new challenge for me. He wants to beat me and the other riders with the Honda. He finished the last season with KTM very well. With Honda he wants to continue like this or even improve himself", expected the longtime Honda works driver.
With images from Honda.
Aprilia RS-GP: How to eliminate the gap to the competition .
© Aprilia Aprilia RS-GP 2021: New aero package and many small detail improvements Just in time for the start of the test in Qatar, Aprilia released the 2021 version of the RS- GP presented. With Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo Savadori, Aprilia wants to eliminate the gap to the competition. Technical Director Romano Albesiano is very optimistic that the changes in the lap times will have a positive effect. "It could be the year in which we finally catch up with the other manufacturers.