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Puig hits back at Ducati’s ‘Honda not ready’ claims

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Repsol Honda team boss Alberto Puig has hit back at Ducati’s claims his team were not ready for the Qatar MotoGP season opener.

Borgo Panigale boss Gigi Dall’Igna was of the opinion that HRC were a long way from being completely prepared for the first race as they were so far off the pace at the final test.

But Puig says the opposite with Honda being the only manufacturer putting their engine spec in for final homologation.

“We were the only ones that delivered the drawings, on time, when requested. From then on, if there’s any suspicion a manufacturer has done something strange with its engine, it’s clear that it won’t be Honda,” said Puig.

Dall’Igna inferred that Honda, and Aprilia, could take more development time because of the Covid19 stoppage and that Marquez would have more time to recover.

“The stoppage gives breathing space to a few manufacturers, who have had problems in terms of performance and reliability, there will be time to intervene,” he said.

“I am referring to Honda for sure, but also to Aprilia, who had improved the bike enough, but had some problems with reliability and will be able to take cover from this point of view.”

However, MotoGP tech boss Danny Aldridge has frozen development for all non-concession teams.

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