Once again it is Marquez who has salvaged Honda's MotoGP season, only this time it isn’t Marc but Alex. As a rookie, the Spaniard has already obtained two podiums, one at Le Mans and the other, last Sunday, at Aragon.
Alberto Puig, team manager of the factory team, commented on his results in an interview with Dazn.
"Alex did not know the category, little by little he did, until he reached a point where he knows it better than three or four months ago - he said - Now he is beginning to understand how to ride the bike and, after only eight races, he obtained a podium finish”.
According to Puig, this means that the RC213V is a winning bike.
“This shows that the bike is not as bad as everyone said - he continued - There is also Bradl, a test rider, who was 8th at Le Mans. Alex, in a very short time, has taken a fantastic step forward, he is riding a bike that, once you grasp it, can go very fast ”.
The same bike, however, ended the career of two champions like Lorenzo and Pedrosa…
"Last year, a great rider, not to mention one of the best in history, Jorge Lorenzo, couldn't understand it - said Puig - Alex, for some reason, did it. We are talking about two riders who are among the best I have ever known and who have ever been and have not been able to adapt to what the bike needed. Obviously, their value is as indisputable as their results ”.
So why was Alex moved to LCR, the satellite team, before the season even started?
"We believe we made the right decision at that moment and that it still is - the Spanish manager replied - Alex will continue to be a Honda rider, he will have the same bike in another outfit and will have the support of Honda. We are sure that wherever he goes he will be fine, grow and probably be able to return to this team ”.
Of course, it was impossible not to mention Marc and the possibility of seeing him back on track this year.
“He's trying to recover, it's a slower process than we thought. As to whether we will see him on track in 2020, most likely he will continue to recover little by little,” was Puig's response.