Jerez has been a great weekend for us! Dani said after Austin that he was happy, because he rediscovered the good feeling with the bike, the same as he had last season, and he proved with this superb race that he was right!
Honestly I believed he had the potential, but we also knew that Dani, Jorge and Vale are very strong in Jerez, so we knew it was not easy. Moreover in the free practice Cal was also very fast… Marc and his team have done a great job, and after the warm up it was clear that he had find the confidence to fight for the podium. They did a great job!
As Jorge said after the race, he thought that Marc was not so close, and he left the “door” open… Marc was very good in taking advantage of that. It is not the first time and probably will not be the last that the final corner of Jerez shows overtakes like this.
For sure in this moment the Repsol Honda Team is very strong, but it is always difficult to compare team/riders of different period…
Marc is showing an unbelievable talent, and of course we are very happy! Anyway, he is in his first season in MotoGP and there is no expectation. He just has to learn. Maybe this is helping him not to feel the pressure. Also his character helps him. Last year, in Moto2, he was the favourite and, even if he had a difficult winter due to the problem with his eyes, he was able to dominate the season.
Sometimes it is difficult to say if a circuit is better for one bike or another, especially as it depends a lot on the riders, as always! In the winter test we did at Jerez in March, the Yamaha riders were very strong, and this is probably why people thought it was a “Yamaha circuit”… but the condition of the test and race was totally different in terms of temperature and weather, and… Dani, Marc and our technicians did a great job!
People usually says that Le Mans is a “Yamaha circuit”… but we will do all our best to change again this feeling!
Nothing major, just different setups comparing with the one of the race, to double check and try to find something…