MotoGP 2013 Track Report HRC Team Principal Livio Suppo

Round 18Marquez won the championship, Honda clinched the triple crown!

Valencia GP has been the perfect ending to the season for the Repsol Honda Team and HRC. Marquez clinched the MotoGP World Championship and Honda took the Triple Crown adding the Constructors title to the Team Championship already achieved in Japan GP. Can you explain what it means for HRC?

What an unforgettable weekend! We achieved all the targets of the season, winning as in 2011 the three Championships, and doing it in the last race is very, very exciting! These results pay back everybody in HRC and in the Repsol Honda Team for the great job they all have done during this season! I would like to thank everybody in HRC, all the fans, our sponsor and of course our riders!

Marc seemed very relaxed during the whole weekend, the most important one of his career. Do you think this was one of the keys to assure the Championship?

Well, I think Marc is a good actor and he was able to keep a smiling face even if he was – which is totally understandable – very nervous. When you must take the Championship in one single race it’s not easy, but yes, he definitely managed the pressure in a superb way.

Looking back to his superb season, when did you start thinking that he could win the title on his maiden season in MotoGP?

After Jorge and Dani got injured and he remained very strong, with four wins in a row from Sachsenring to Brno, we realized that the dream was possible. But, as we have seen very well, in racing it is not finished until the last lap!

What have been, in your opinion, the best highlights for the Repsol Honda Team during this campaign?

We have so many good memories of this season that it is difficult to do a list! The five races in which we finished first and second was something special and not easy to repeat!

The top three riders in the championship reached 300 points or more (Marquez, 334, Lorenzo, 330 and Pedrosa 300) in the final standings. Is that the best example to explain the fantastic level they put on track in 2013?

Marc, Dani and Jorge had been in another league this season! They all are super fast and consistent and the battle for the win has been often something very exciting. We must be thankful to them for the great show!

Marc’s numbers in 2013 have been impressive: 6 victories, 16 podiums out of 18 races and his points total of 334 is the greatest number of points ever achieved in a rookie season in the premier class. What’s next?

For sure it won’t be easy to do better! It seems impossible that these records come from a rookie. Probably the only thing he can improve is the start, as it has been the only “weak” point of Marc this season.

What is the testing plan for these days in Valencia?

Marc and Dani will have to test the prototypes of the 2014 RC213V and give the engineers as much information as possible to define the new bike. The actual machine has proven to be very competitive, so it won’t be easy to do better but… I am sure that our technicians will do it! It will be also a new challenge, as there are new rules with the Magneti Marelli hardware and 20 litre tank, so it will be another interesting season!

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