It has been a “crazy” weekend, with the situation changing every hour and the final decision of race distance made only on Sunday morning. It was the very first time we had to do a “flag to flag” race in dry conditions, with a two lap “window” to change the bike and unfortunately we misunderstood the number of laps. When Race Direction black-flagged Marc it was a shock, as we believed it was okay as he crossed lap 11 in the pit lane and not on the track. No excuses, we were wrong and we have to learn from our mistakes and improve the team. It is a big pity as Marc showed one more time he had the speed to fight for the win. Dani rode a very good race and keeps himself still in the Championship fight, and this is positive.
It was a very unusual situation, not easy to manage. “Flag to flag” was the only way to do a race of more than 10 laps, and we accepted it. Finally it worked, as the race was done and no riders had any problems due to the tires, so, probably it was the right choice.
When a circuit is totally resurfaced, it should be compulsory to organize a test before racing there. Easy to say now, but it would have been the only way to manage the problem for Bridgestone.
Motegi is a good circuit for Honda, with a lot of acceleration and hard braking. Dani is very strong there and I believe also Marc will be very fast. We must go there with a positive mood and do our best as we have done always. Both our riders are in the fight for the Championship and we will not give up until the last lap!
We are very happy to have closed this deal, both for the level of the Aspar team and for Nicky. He is very welcome back in the Honda family and we look forward to see him and his new team working with us!