Marc Marquez believes that Honda will not be able to compete at Le Mans due to the RC213V’s acceleration problems.
Marquez currently sits atop the MotoGP standings largely thanks to his back-to-back wins in Argentina and America. In the most recent race at Jerez though, Marquez was unable to keep up with the Movistar Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
With Lorenzo looking in ominous form once again, having finished second and first in the two free practice sessions on Friday, Marquez acknowledged that Honda will be in for another difficult race on Sunday.
“Here [Le Mans] is one of the circuits that we will be struggling more, because we have a lot of acceleration [zones] – especially the two big accelerations,” Marquez told reporters. “We are a losing a lot in [sectors] T3 and T1 – T1 is related from the acceleration on the straight. We are trying to work there. I know that we will struggle this weekend.”
Even though the RC213V’s acceleration issues were brought up during the post-race Jerez test, the 23-year-old revealed that there have been no improvements made.
“We work on the acceleration side, but it’s really difficult to improve because the engines are closed [sealed],” the Spaniard said. “Still Honda didn’t have time to bring something on acceleration, so we are trying to adjust the aerodynamics, but still the winglets are not working perfect.
“In the other side, we have strong points that we must use – but the problem is that, at this circuit, we are not able to use [them] like we want.”