Repsol Honda Team take positive lessons from confidence building Sprint


A day of improvements for Joan Mir and Luca Marini in Portugal, the pair pleased to finish the Sprint with good information and direction for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Despite a muted start to the day with Qualifying, the Repsol Honda Team were ultimately left with positive feelings as setup changes for the Sprint Race saw both Mir and Marini make improvements. The pair head into Sunday looking to emulate this progress once more as they remain focused on building the project ahead of them.

Starting 20th, Mir launched well but found himself in a tangle of riders through Turn 1 and his progress briefly stalled. Keeping his focus, the #36 would produce a steady march up the order to finish as the first Honda rider home. Passing Morbidelli and Augusto Fernandez in the closing stages of the race, Mir walked away pleased with the pace he had shown compared to that of the top ten. Mir would ultimately finish in 14th.

Marini entered the 12-lap Sprint focusing purely on himself and his riding, out to collect as much information as possible. Starting well, he attached himself to the other Honda riders and worked to stay with them throughout the race. Pre-Sprint setup changes yielded some positives for the Italian who is looking for further improvements, and more laps completed, in Sunday’s feature race. Marini crossed the line in 18th place.

The 25-Lap Portuguese Grand Prix is schedule to start at 14:00 Local Time on Sunday, March 24. Both Mir and Marini will be searching for more progress on Sunday as they continue the development of the Honda RC213V.



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