Reviews Honda strong on Friday: Will Aragon 2 win the first win of the season?

19:50  23 october  2020
19:50  23 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Takaaki Nakagami war am Freitag in Aragon 2 der schnellste Mann © Motorsport Images Takaaki Nakagami was the fastest man in Aragon 2 on Friday

Honda presented itself strongly at the beginning of the second MotoGP weekend in MotorLand Aragon (Spain). Takaaki Nakagami set the fastest time on Friday. Alex Marquez held first place in the morning and finished sixth in the overall result.

Cal Crutchlow was third in the top field and Stefan Bradl, in eleventh place, missed the top 10 by just 0.005 seconds. "People also ask me what's going on at Honda," grins Nakagami, "because all Honda drivers seem to be competitive."

Takaaki Nakagami © Motorsport Images Takaaki Nakagami

"But there is no secret because it is the same as last weekend. We started FT1 with the set-up from last Sunday. It was nothing different. I just rode the medium tire . "

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Crutchlow believes: Drivers understand the Honda better now Alex Marquez © Motorsport Images Alex Marquez

Nakagami's consistency in morning practice impressed his LCR team-mate Crutchlow. The Brit even says: "If you look at Taka's FT1 pace, he would win the race by eleven seconds."

Crutchlow also believes that progress at Honda comes primarily from the riders: "I don't think Honda is better at this track. I think more that Alex and 'Taka' drive better. I feel a little better too on the motorcycle. "

Takaaki Nakagami © Motorsport Images Takaaki Nakagami

"I don't think Honda made the turnaround. I think Alex made the difference last Sunday. Taka is also very fast. I think the drivers make the difference. "

Alex Marquez concentrates on himself and his driving style.

Alex Marquez believes that too. The day of testing between the two races at Misano was important for him. Since then, the reigning Moto2 world champion has been much more competitive: "Since then it's more about finding the right feeling and finding the right driving style."

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"You have to trust this bike. It's true, of course, that Honda has done a very good job. I'm in a phase where my riding style changes every year - especially when I switch from Moto2 to MotoGP."

"My natural driving style was pretty good for the Honda," says Alex Marquez. "I didn't have to change too much, but there are areas where I have to adjust to the bike even better." Honda has improved the turning a bit, which is paying off for the drivers.

Since Nakagami and Marquez in particular are becoming more and more competitive, they can also compare data and push each other. Although the data cannot be transferred 1: 1 because Nakagami rides the 2019 motorcycle with small modifications.

What role does the new Öhlins damper play?

Since the season opener in Jerez, only the front fork and rear shock absorber have been replaced on his motorcycle. In the paddock, a lot of attention has been paid to a new rear shock absorber from Öhlins for a few weeks.

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This new development is supposed to be a piece of the puzzle for Suzuki's strength, but also for the upswing at Honda. Ducati and Yamaha have also started trying this new damper. However, that's only a small piece of the big puzzle.

Nakagami confirms that he tried this new damper in training last weekend, but the feeling did not convince him and he had it removed again. At the moment, the feeling is a little better at slightly higher track temperatures.

"I think we can use the new damper on both bikes this weekend," says the Japanese. "It works pretty well in these conditions. The rear tire feels a bit more stable and pumps less. The grip level is similar."

"But the bike is quieter when the rear tire starts to spin. This makes it easier for me to feel how much spin there is when exiting a corner. I can control that better and is very good for the race. For qualifying there is hardly any difference between old and new damper. "

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