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Nakamoto: "Marc’s complaint is that there is too much power"

Nakamoto: 'Marc’s complaint is that there is too much power'

The HRC VP speaks on Marquez's difficult season, the competitiveness of the Yamaha & the tricky engine characteristics of the Honda RC213V.

In an interview with Movistar TV filmed before the Mugello race, Vice-President of Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) Shuhei Nakamoto gives his insights on the 2015 season so far.

When asked about Marquez's troubles this season, the HRC VP shared some of the Spaniard's feedback on the bike: “The result was not as good as we expected, he couldn’t manage the front tyre at Le Mans and for various reasons we couldn’t get a result. Marc was not happy, with the machine, machine set up, engine characteristics... many things. Marc’s complaint is that there is too much torque or too much power, this we can manage! If Marc was complaining that there was not enough power, then it's the opposite: we cant.”

While Marquez struggles with his Honda, Lorenzo seems more comfortable than ever on his Yamaha. Yet Nakamoto appears confident that they can close the gap: “Yeah of course Yamaha made a big step forward at Le Mans, but if the race conditions were the same as the warm up period, I think Marc would have won easily. He is improving, he has already changed his riding style. Once we can find a good set-up on the engine side and the chassis side, we have an opportunity to close in on and even overtake top riders.”

Although a lot of talk around Marquez's 2015 performance is centred on the allegedly tricky engine characteristics of the RC213V, Nakamoto doesn't see this as the key problem: “Of course we are trying to improve this area, but the main problem is not the engine characteristics. Marc was second at Jerez, but he had an injury to his finger, also his race time was twenty seconds faster than last year, so our machine has improved. There are several reasons we could only win one race so far. We have several ideas we already applied in Mugello, and we have another idea for the next two or three races… I cannot explain the details of this! [laughs] ”.

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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