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© Motorsport Images For Jorge Martin it is the already fifth pole position in the MotoGP as in the previous year, the Poleposition belongs to the MotoGP season opener in Qatar Ducati: under The floodlight in Losail sat down Pramac pilot Jorge Martin with a qualifying time of 1: 53.011 minutes against its brand colleagues of Gresini, Enea Bastianini, and Honda Competitor Marc Marquez. "Martin squeals everything out of the tire.
Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig responded to Michelin's statements that were delivered to the tire problems at the Grand Prix of Indonesia ( What Piero Taramasso after the chaotic racing weekend of Was ).
Michelin decided to use the 2018 tire construction after the test in February there were overloading in the 2022 tires. Honda had big problems with the grip after the conversion of the mature.
Pol Espargaro drove the best time at the Indonesia test with the 2022 tire, pointing out the potential of Honda on the new Mandalika Street Circuit. But this form could not confirm Honda with the 2018 tire. The complete weekend over complained about the Honda pilots about problems. Marc Marquez's violent high-insider in the warm-up was the sad low point of a difficult weekend.
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The consequences for Honda are extremely sobering. By the fall in the warm-up Marquez had to give up the race participation. Even worse: The ex-champion also misses the third race of the season in Argentina and is expected to be missing on the following weekend in Texas because he has again struggled with diplopy. HRC test pilot Stefan Bradl jumps again ( more information ).
After the race, Puig noticed that Honda needs to investigate what was wrong with the Michelin tires. Michelin reacted to it and announced that there was "no problem" with the tires, and Honda simply did not understand how they can bring the tires to work.
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Alberto Puig provides a crunchy response to Michelin
statements in a statement responds puig to the statements of Michelin Manager Piero Taramasso and criticized that this would have been "not necessary".
"Honestly, and that's my personal opinion, I'm not surprised," commented puig the statements of Taramasso. "In my final report from the race, I mentioned that we need to analyze the situation with Michelin. Not." © Provided by Motorsport.com Pol Espargaro
also Pol Espargaro also had a big effort with the 2018 tire
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"And then we got along how Mr. Taramasso responded to the media. That was not necessary at all. What he said is a bit strange. He said, of course nicely expressed that Honda can not customize. "
Why Michelin's statements at Honda worried about confusion
"Honda has adapted to many technical changes, including different rules, tires, engine formats, classes etc. Since the debut in the World Cup in the 1966 season, Honda is the manufacturer who is the longest is and the greatest successes celebrated with 25 manufacturer titles and 21 driver titles in the premier class. "
"Does that mean we can not customize? Okay, I hear that for the first time," says Puig. Michelin claimed that the decision to not use the current tire was made based on the data. According to Puig, the opinions of the drivers are more important than "lines on a computer". In addition, Puig notes that Taramasso "no errors can admit".
"From my own experience I know that you have to talk to the drivers and not with Apple, IBM or Dell, where you can see a line on a computer," makes Puig clear. "You have to listen to the drivers. If you have a driver who partly are multiple world champions, then you can assume that these riders know what they are talking about."
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