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Alberto Puig believes Honda 'will surely take steps forward' after the Summer Break

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Repsol Honda Team Manager, Alberto Puig, has been open about his views on how Honda will perform in MotoGP after the summer break.

Honda have been struggling so far in the 2023 MotoGP season and the Repsol Honda Team manager, Alberto Puig, does not see things getting better for Honda any time soon.

As it stands the best Honda rider in the Championship is Alex Rins, who is 13th overall. For the top Honda rider to be outside of the top ten in the standings it shows the level that Honda are at currently.


The further you look down the Championship order you find Takaaki Nakagami in 16th place, then 8-time World Champion, Marc Marquez, in 19th and the 2020 MotoGP Champion, Joan Mir, in 26th place.

Many Honda fans would have been hoping that Honda would make a resurgence after the summer break, but in an interview with DAZN Puig revealed his rather pessimistic views for the remainder of the 2023 season.

"After the break we will surely take steps forward, but we must be aware that we will not have a fantastic bike. Things are not going as we would like and there will be no radical changes," confirms Alberto Puig.

"It is difficult to take the bike to the level that is required of us and the riders are not bringing the expected results. We are trying to make improvements, but the reality is that we are not where we need to be. We need to dig even deeper to find out what the problems are and what the solutions are."

After discussing about the bike Puig moved on to speak about Marc Marquez, who is rumoured to leave Honda at the end of the season.

"Marc is not at his best and he suffered a lot of crashes in Germany. There is no rider on the planet who is happy if he crashes and he understands that the bike doesn't have the performance he needs.

"He's a world champion and he always wants to push harder, he never gives up. The situation has become a bit more serious, but Marc has to take it easy. 

"We know he's not happy and we respect him, after his crash in Mugello he was very affected. He has arrived new this season and he is not understanding the bike.

"It's not a question of ability, but also because the bike isn't ready. Marc is having a lot of problems, but we'll see how he is when he comes back after the summer break."

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