The weekend was very good for us – our riders started from first and second positions on the grid so we knew that Dani and Marc would also be competitive in the race. The question mark was this afternoon’s higher temperatures, compared to the previous days. We knew the riders would have to deal with tire degradation.Dani chose a hard front and a medium rear, while Marc went for hard, front and rear. Basically, both riders knew the strategy was to push, but not too much at the beginning to save the tires for the end. They both did a superb job but the small gap that Dani gained in the first laps, while Marc waited to warm his harder rear tire, was enough for him to win the race.
Clearly, the positive is that Honda riders were fast throughout the weekend, at a circuit where we recently struggled. And of course the one-two finish for the Repsol Honda Team. The negative is not for our factory team – when you do a one-two in qualifying and the race and set the best lap of the race it’s difficult to find a negative point – but for our satellite teams. Cal, Jack and Tito were all DNFs at the end of a weekend during which they proved they were fast, so this is a pity.
It was a very emotional race! The gap between Dani and Marc was basically the same for the whole race and honestly I was thinking that if Marc was able to get closer to Dani, it would have been a great battle but… not good for our hearts! In the final laps we realized that Marc – after pushing and trying all through the race – preferred to safeguard second position, so we relaxed!
Every rider has circuits that particularly suit his riding style. Jerez is for sure one of the best for Dani, and he has proved once again that his riding style is perfect for this track!
Here at Jerez we had two new trucks for transporting bikes and parts. We built the trucks during the winter and they have, apart from storage areas, two very nice rooms which the riders can use during race weekends to change, to relax and to have technical meetings. It has been a good debut for these trucks!