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MotoGP, Neil Hodgson: "In Austin, Marini was beaten even by those who fell."

Neil Hodgson: "Honda should use the 2024 to experiment. It makes no sense to invest on the current season. They're too far." Guintoli: "Disastrous situation, and the 2027 revolution is an unknown."

MotoGP: Neil Hodgson:

Once again, at the tail end of the MotoGP championship for the third year in a row, Honda is already calling it a day, or at least they're being asked to do so. Currently with just thirteen points in the overall constructors' standings, less than half compared to the second to last in the Yamaha group, they just can't seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Commenting to TNT Sport regarding the situation in which the Japanese constructor (a longtime dominator along with Marc Marquez) is in, a two-wheel bigwig like Neil Hodgson stated: "They have a huge gap in performance, and their season started with a pace far behind that of the best. In America, the four RC213Vs finished the race in the last four places. It's one thing to be slow, it's another to be slow and also have accidents. This means the rider is pushing and giving it his all on the bike. Falling when you're at the bottom might sound like a joke, but it actually describes their situation."

"I know they're investing a lot, and that's exactly what they need to do." Hodgson continued, "In my opinion, they need to agree to draw a line under this year and use the races to experiment, so they can speed up recuperating. It's true that they can now take advantage of the concessions and extra test sessions, but checking the behavior of the tires during a GP can be useful, if they're not able to collect anything."

Sylvain Guintoli, also a special correspondent for TNT, is of the same opinion. "In Austin, it was a disaster. Marini crossed the finish line in last place both on Saturday and Sunday, while the other three slipped up. So they have a lot of work to do. The question is whether things will change with the new rules in effect from 2027."

In closing, Hodgson commented on Luca: "At the COTA, he was even beaten by Alex Marquez, ended up falling. and then returned to the track. Something incredible."

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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