Interivew Livio Suppo, Repsol Honda Team Principal

What assessment can be made of the Repsol Honda Team pre season testing?

It has been a positive pre season for the Repsol Honda Team. Dani started the winter where he finished last season: in the first position! He has been fast in each circuit where we tested, and he is happy with the new machine, happier that he was last year in this point. Marc proved to be very quick in understanding how to ride a MotoGP machine and – even if he still has many things to learn – he is already very fast.

Has the testing program been planned differently for both Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez?

In Sepang 1, Dani tested some new parts, while Marc was focused on learning the secret of MotoGP. From Sepang 2 on, they both began to use the parts that Dani approved in the first test and they have been working together with their team to find the best set up for their riding styles.

Some people feel it was wrong or unfair to go to Austin to test. What is HRC’s position?

We planned this test as the rules allow us to do it. Moreover we invited all other teams to join us. Finally only LCR Team and Yamaha Factory were there. If you act within the rule, how it can be wrong or unfair? If people think MotoGP needs more restrictive rules for testing, we can speak about it, but what we did was totally within the rules.

Marc was the fastest rider at COTA during the three days. Does it make him favourite to win this race?

Very difficult to say, as a test is one thing and the race is another!

Dani Pedrosa didn’t test in Jerez on Monday and left the circuit with pain on his neck. Will he be ok for Qatar?

We believe that with few days of rest he will be ok as it was just a muscular contraction.

It seems that this season has started smoother than in 2012, where you had many issues to try to fix the chattering. Is it right?

Last season we had some issue mainly because the rules changed after Valencia test, adding more kilos on the bike, and after that, with the introduction of a new tyre that didn’t match the characteristics of our chassis. This year, so far, no last minute changes and… better situation!

Can you explain us the main changes on the RC213V compare to last year?

The bike is an evolution of last season machine. It is almost impossible to say “this is a 2012 or 2013 machine” as the evolution is constant and never stops, also during the season. We are trying to improve here and there, with small changes.

The expectations for the upcoming season are very high. What is the Repsol Honda Team target?

Our target is always the same, every season: fight for the titles. It won’t be easy as the competition is, as always, very strong, but we will do our best to achieve it!

There will be a new qualifying system for this season. What do you think about it?

Let’s wait and see. After the first race we can better understand if this new format is good or if we can improve it.

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