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Espargaro says Honda MotoGP troubles mirror early KTM years

Honda presently sits fifth out six within the constructors’ standings after seven races in 2021 as all of its riders have struggled for kind on the difficult RC213V.

After a promising 5 days of testing in Qatar and displaying podium tempo in each Losail races, Espargaro’s maiden Honda season has didn’t ship on that early promise. The Spaniard’s finest end result thus far is eighth, coming within the Qatar and French Grands Prix.

Crashing out of final weekend’s Catalan GP, Espargaro admits his morale is low however is satisfied he can rework Honda fortunes simply as he did at KTM.

“Properly, no my morale was already low earlier than right here,” Espargaro mentioned.

“I’ve been on this scenario earlier than with KTM within the first years, having a variety of issues and with not the very best bike, and we turned the scenario round. I’ve a sense we’re going to show across the scenario.

“I don’t know when or if it’s going to begin from tomorrow on, as a result of I feel to grasp we want large elements to make it and I feel nonetheless we’re finding out handle.

“However in a single stage for positive we’re going to flip it, the one query is when.”

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Teammate Marc Marquez additionally crashed out of the Catalan GP following the “best seven laps of the year” as he ran within the podium positions.

Marquez explains the primary challenge with the 2021 RC213V stems from a scarcity of rear grip, which is making for poor acceleration however can also be inflicting issues below braking too.

“Principally, the factor is that it’s straightforward to say it however tough to realize and to search out precisely the best way to enhance,” Marquez mentioned.

“But it surely’s true we have now an issue, which is within the acceleration facet we can’t get the grip and within the entry we can’t cease the bike as a result of the rear we don’t have the grip additionally.

“It’s two totally different issues in two totally different areas, however I feel it’s occurring the identical means the answer.

“Within the stopping we’re braking late, however after we cease with a variety of banking these items occur like me and Pol at present [crashes].

“To grasp and provides, you’ll decelerate, you’ll not crash. However then one other level is we’re dropping rather a lot on acceleration facet as a result of we don’t get the grip, for those who lose in acceleration facet you lose all of the straight.

“All these items don’t assist over race distance.”

Ought to Honda fail to attain a podium in 2021 it will gain concessions for next season, allowing it to in-season engine growth and personal testing with its race riders.

Marquez doesn’t believe Honda will get that far although as he’s satisfied it would rating a podium, however Espargaro conceded HRC would welcome these advantages proper now.

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