Thursday's press conference opened with a minute's silence for Andreas Pérez, who tragically lost his life following an accident during the CEV race last week. Shortly after this, the first to speak was Marc Marquez: “unfortunately we come from a tough race at Mugello, I've already forgotten about it, but I can say that I struggled with the front tyre, not finding the right feeling. I hope things are better at Barcelona, I've not won many GP races here, but I can't wait to get out on track”.
A comment about Lorenzo's arrival in Honda: “It will be a big change for the team, as I've learned a lot from Dani over the years. I'll have a very strong team-mate next year and will try to learn a lot from him, as he has a different riding style. He'll be hard to beat, but I'll worry about that in the future. I'll be able to compare my style to his, as I'm aggressive while he's smoother”. Lorenzo aside, what are his thoughts about Dani: “I think he'll continue, we all know what his options are”.
Marquez then comments on Joan Mir's move up to the top class: “I had a different mentality, wanting to be champion before moving up to the next category. Joan will need time, but with talent he'll be competitive”.
his final remarks concern the Red Bull test: “A great experience, it's one thing to test, quite another to imagine myself with the F1 at Montecarlo (he smiles). I can say that it was a god test, Webber joked with me about a possible move to F1, but I'm focused on the bikes obviously. I couldn't feel my legs every time I braked in the Red Bull (he smiles)”.
There are high hopes for Cal Crutchlow at Barcelona, following his sixth place finish two weeks ago: “We have to be happy with that result, it wasn't easy, particularly with the tyres. I struggled to fight and overtake, and risked crashing. My future? Honda has played an ace hiring Lorenzo, I'm interested to see if he'll be able to adapt to the bike. We will definitely be able to have more information”.
The Majorcan has followed the same path as the Brit. Cal is asked whether he can give #99 any advice: “He'll get there on his own. I'm pleased to be with Honda and this team”.