MotoGP, Puig: "Without Marquez it is impossible to rate Honda’s season"

"With Marc we could have won, without him it was impossible. Alex did a very good job, few people had confidence in him. Bradl a hero, he went from test rider to rider and adapted well"

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For Honda, 2020 was one of the worst years ever, not just for the results. Losing Marc Marquez in the first race affected the entire season, which ended without a single victory for the Japanese manufacturer. Team manager Alberto Puig took stock of the situation on motogp.com.

"I think it's impossible to rate our season because we missed one of our top riders - he underlined - It would be like a half rating so I don’t want to go into this, but obviously it's not good."

The desire is clearly to leave this 2020 behind as soon as possible.

“It is not a year to remember, there was all this story of Covid which not only affected us, but everyone in the paddock - he continued - Apart from that, the strangest thing was losing one of our riders which completely affected our programs. We went from a possible win to a mostly impossible win because with the riders that we had and one rookie in the team, let’s say it was not going to happen”.

However, Alex Marquez did give Honda the only two podiums of the season.

"Alex as a rookie did a very good job, at the beginning of the year many people were not so confident in him," Puig recalled. "Suddenly in the middle of the year he made a step and became super-fast. From Honda's point of view, he made probably a better step than expected. Nakagami also made a good step, he proved he can race with the top riders, it was a good season for him”.

The Spanish manager also wanted to thank Crutchlow and Bradl.

“Regarding Cal, he had his ups and downs but always he’s a real help for us because he’s making us understand many things of the bike in this time that Marc is not here - he said - I also would like to make a special mention for Stefan, he was supposed to be our test rider, and suddenly we asked him to be a rider, the guy adapted from zero to ten in two or three months."

 

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