Honda didn’t win a race in 2020 for the primary ever because it returned to the premier class full-time in 1982, and although Marc Marquez gained three grands prix this yr regardless of nonetheless recovering from a severe arm harm, the RC213V proved to be a problematic bike.
All of its riders struggled with an absence of rear grip, which had a knock-on impact of hampering them into the corners in addition to exiting them.
Honda unveiled a radically totally different RC213V prototype for 2022 on the Misano check in September and continued creating that final week on the post-season Jerez check.
LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami was second total on the finish of the two-day Jerez check, whereas manufacturing facility crew Honda rider Pol Espargaro was seventh – whereas Marc Marquez was absent, having missed the ultimate two rounds of 2021 with imaginative and prescient issues.
“This isn’t simple to reply, as a result of generally we don’t know,” Puig advised motogp.com when requested at what stage of improvement Honda was at with the 2022 RC213V.
“After you make a check, the engineers should acquire all the data, and naturally determine the route or what to do.
“So, during which half within the improvement [we are]: we’re testing and creating on the similar time.
“I imply, there may be not a restrict for improvement, you possibly can develop all the time.
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group
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“We are attempting to know what’s finest for our riders, based mostly on totally different chassis configurations and engines, and that is what all producers are doing.
“I’d say that we’re nonetheless removed from being prepared, however essential and essential check right here.
“Inside our difficult state of affairs with our riders, with Marc not being right here, we’re getting good data.”
Talking solely to Autosport’s sister Spanish language web site Motorsport.es, Puig was upbeat about Honda’s work to date on its 2022 challenger.
“The conclusions are Positive as a result of we have now discovered a route during which to proceed the work,” he added.
“When the bike is examined by totally different riders and every one tells you a distinct factor it is rather difficult, however luckily the opinion of our riders could be very comparable and this is essential, since you realise that the work we began in Misano and what we stated then that we might attempt to do for this check in Jerez has labored. And that’s Positive.”
Espargaro says the rear grip lacking from the 2021 bike has been delivered with the brand new prototype, although notes the front-end “suffers extra” now.
“Definitely that is the grip I used to be asking for, they’ve labored lots on this facet and we have now made an enormous step ahead,” the Spaniard stated.
“Whenever you generate a variety of rear grip different issues come up, particularly within the entrance, which suffers extra. Perhaps we’d like a softer tyre.
“However we received what we requested for and now we have now to do our job and return the hassle.”