The strategy for Qatar race was very important – to stay safe during the first four or five laps because our riders used the harder option tires. We were worried and concerned about the cool temperature at the start of the race. But they managed the first laps quite well and everything was okay. This was our main target for the early part of the race.
The positive point is that we scored a podium at a track that’s always difficult for Honda and for our riders, so we made a good result. And we could see clearly that compared with other years we have made a big step since last year here.
We were also sure that Dani could be in the lead group until the end and fight for a podium finish. But he had some issues with his rear tire and that was the handicap that hurt the overall result of the team.
I have been watching races from the pit wall for many years and we all know that if you are really involved in the race you suffer a lot!
After a few laps of the MotoGP race, suddenly we had an electricity power cut to the TV monitors in our pit-lane canopy. The Repsol Honda Team technicians immediately fixed the problem, thanks to a Honda generator!