Honda did not win a race in 2020 for the primary ever because it returned to the premier class full-time in 1982, and although Marc Marquez received three grands prix this 12 months regardless of nonetheless recovering from a critical arm damage, the RC213V proved to be a problematic bike.
All of its riders struggled with a scarcity of rear grip, which had a knock-on impact of hampering them into the corners in addition to exiting them.
Honda unveiled a radically totally different RC213V prototype for 2022 on the Misano check in September and continued creating that final week on the post-season Jerez check.
LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami was second general on the finish of the two-day Jerez check, whereas manufacturing facility workforce Honda rider Pol Espargaro was seventh – whereas Marc Marquez was absent, having missed the ultimate two rounds of 2021 with imaginative and prescient issues.
“This isn’t straightforward to reply, as a result of typically we don’t know,” Puig informed motogp.com when requested at what stage of improvement Honda was at with the 2022 RC213V.
“After you make a check, the engineers should gather all the information, and naturally determine the route or what to do.
“So, wherein half within the improvement [we are]: we’re testing and creating on the similar time.
“I imply, there may be not a restrict for improvement, you may develop at all times.
“We are attempting to know what’s finest for our riders, based mostly on totally different chassis configurations and engines, and that is what all producers are doing.
“I’d say that we’re nonetheless removed from being prepared, however essential and essential check right here.
“Inside our difficult scenario with our riders, with Marc not being right here, we’re getting good info.”
Talking completely to Motorsport.com’s Spanish language version Motorsport.es, Puig was upbeat about Honda’s work up to now on its 2022 challenger.
“The conclusions are constructive as a result of we’ve got discovered a route wherein to proceed the work,” he added.
“When the bike is examined by totally different riders and every one tells you a unique factor it is extremely difficult, however thankfully the opinion of our riders could be very comparable and this is essential, since you realise that the work we began in Misano and what we mentioned then that we might attempt to do for this check in Jerez has labored. And that’s constructive.”
Espargaro says the rear grip lacking from the 2021 bike has been delivered with the brand new prototype, although notes the front-end “suffers extra” now.
“Surely that is the grip I used to be asking for, they’ve labored lots on this facet and we’ve got made an enormous step ahead,” the Spaniard mentioned.
“If you generate lots of rear grip different issues come up, particularly within the entrance, which suffers extra. Possibly we want a softer tyre.
“However we acquired what we requested for and now we’ve got to do our job and return the hassle.”