Although Marc Marquez did rating Honda’s first win since 2019 with a sensational comeback victory in Germany, Honda has struggled to get near the rostrum this season with its problematic 2021 RC213V.
Honda presently sits fifth within the constructors’ standings, simply 24 away from Aprilia and 98 adrift of Yamaha following the primary 9 races of the 2021 marketing campaign.
An absence of rear grip has been the primary concern for Honda riders in 2021, which is affecting acceleration and the braking part of cornering, whereas the Honda stays tough in qualifying trim.
A brand new chassis introduce for the Dutch TT was met was reward from each Marquez and Espargaro, with the previous calling it the primary replace he’s had this yr that looks like a real step ahead.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce
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“Confidentiality and the Japanese go hand in hand,” Espargaro advised Autosport throughout a observe day at Barcelona on Tuesday.
“However clearly there’s a five-week break, there has by no means been such a protracted break and that implies that numerous work is being performed in Japan and that we are going to have components.
“What components? How will we’ve got them? When? That we do not know.”
He added: “We anticipate numerous new issues, not only a chassis.
“I believe the bike wants fairly a couple of adjustments to make it work and to adapt to the rear tyre.
“It may not be so simple as simply placing collectively a chassis that works.”
Workforce-mate Marquez was proud of the work HRC is presently doing following the chassis replace at Assen, and believes that step ahead will present “motivation” to Honda’s engineers.
Having been severely restricted on docs’ orders attributable to his recovering proper arm, Marquez said he hoped to increase his motorcycle training through the summer time break.