Espargaro has proven robust race tempo on the RC213V within the first three rounds of 2021, however has solely managed a better of eighth within the Qatar GP and was pressured out of the Portugal race as a result of a rear brake failure.
However to this point Espargaro has not been in a position to match his qualifying kind together with his race tempo, the Spaniard solely cracking the highest 12 as soon as to this point.
Talking in the course of the Portuguese GP weekend, Espargaro admits the largest downside he’s having his understanding the restrict of the Honda’s entrance finish, which is stopping him from hooking collectively clear laps in qualifying.
Nonetheless, he expects that is extra a matter of a scarcity of expertise relatively than any downside with the bike and didn’t wish to blame the entrance tyre allocation dropped at the race to this point this season.
“Properly, this sort of bike – additionally the KTM – are bikes the place you make up more often than not on the brakes, coming into quick, stopping the bike, turning and go,” Espargaro defined.
“Then you want to be robust on the brakes, however should you don’t know the place to brake then it is a downside.
“So, should you don’t know the place precisely the restrict is of the entrance, it is a downside as a result of then you’ll be able to’t take the most effective efficiency of grip.
“So, for the time being it looks like in different sectors I’m okay. In T1 [at Portimao], I used to be quickest in my qualifying session, so I’m in a position to be quick.
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group
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“However I don’t match all of the sectors on the lap as a result of as on the brakes is the place you achieve time, I am going vast too many occasions and I make too many errors on there.
“It is a downside as a result of in case you are not quick and you can’t put all the things collectively, on this tight qualifying, one, two tenths is sufficient to be first or fourth or fifth.
“It’s only a matter of creating extra laps, figuring out the state of affairs somewhat bit extra, going to locations I do know extra concerning the braking factors.
“Then I believe it’s going to be a lot simpler for me to grasp the state of affairs and particularly to match all of the sectors on one lap.
“So simply we have to be affected person and it’ll come as a result of we’ve got the velocity. I must put it collectively.”
Espargaro admitted forward of final weekend’s race that the return of Marc Marquez was “essential” for him to proceed his adaptation to the Honda.
LCR’s Alex Marquez – who trailed his brother within the Portugal race in eighth – famous that Marc was already displaying Honda riders the restrict of the RC213V.
“I’m on observe however seems like I’m at house,” he stated when requested if it was unusual to have his brother again within the paddock after his season out.
“So, it’s higher to have him again, additionally for Honda.
“He’s placing the bike to its restrict, he’s displaying to us the restrict of the bike once more. So, that is good for us.”