Determined Mir fights through early damage to secure points in Portugal

Portugal, April 03, 2024: Joan Mir showed his grit as he matched the pace of the top ten to recover from early contact and secure more points aboard the Honda RC213V as Luca Marini continued to hunt improvements.

Round two of the 2024 MotoGP World Championship came to a dramatic conclusion at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve for the Repsol Honda Team. Recovering from a tough Qualifying, Joan Mir found himself in the mix of the second group and suffered contact and damage on the first lap after a strong opening to the race. The #36 gritted his teeth and steadily made his way through the field and into the points as he mirrored the pace of the top ten. Ultimately crossing the line in 12th, Mir leaves Portugal with clear areas to improve in mind but satisfied with how he and the team overcame the troubles of Friday.

Repsol Honda Team Rider Joan Mir at the Portuguese Grand Prix

Luca Marini made a lightning start to the 25-lap Portuguese Grand Prix aboard the Repsol Honda Team machine and immediately found himself in the mix with his fellow Honda riders. Working on his own pace and continuing to deepen his understanding of the Honda, the #10 completed another 25 laps in race trim on the Honda RC213V machine. 17th as the checkered flag came out, the Italian was pleased with what he and the team achieved from Friday morning to Sunday evening.

The MotoGP World Championship will resume in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of the Americas, April 12 – 14. Alex Rins took Honda’s lone victory of the 2023 season there and the unique Texan track saw Luca Marini take his debut MotoGP podium in the same weekend.

Joan Mir (12th)

“I am happy with how we performed today, if you look just at the final results page it maybe wouldn’t seem like it. On the first lap we had a huge contact with Morbidelli, my leathers on the right side were almost fully black and the bike suffered a lot of damage and I was sent wide. It was quite hard to manage with all the damage, but even like this we were able to match the pace of the guys battling for the top ten. The key point we need to work on is improving our Qualifying so we can avoid these type of incidents. Everyone in the team and HRC have done a great job to improve from where we were on Friday so I want to say thank you to them.”

 

Luca Marini (17th)

We had a better race today than in Qatar and also compared to yesterday, I am happy with the changes we have made to the bike. I was enjoying riding towards the end of the race which was a good little step ahead. Joan Mir has a better feeling on the bike and certainly more experience so he’s able to extract more from the bike, it’s motivating, and we need to study what he is doing. It’s a positive weekend, despite the result, because we got a lot of really good information, and we know what areas to follow and also which areas we should not with the setting. There’s room to keep improving.”

Portuguese Grand Prix Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 25 Pramac Racing Ducati 41’18.138
2 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.882
3 ACOSTA PEDRO 31 SPA 16 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 5.362
4 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 11.129
5 MILLER JACK 43 AUS 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.437
6 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 10 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 19.403
7 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA 9 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 20.13
8 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 21.549
9 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR 7 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 23.949
10 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA 6 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 28.195
11 FERNANDEZ AUGUSTO 37 SPA 5 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 28.244
12 MIR JOAN 36 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 29.271
13 RINS ALEX 42 SPA 3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 31.334
14 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 34.932
15 ZARCO JOHANN 5 FRA 1 LCR Honda Honda 38.267
16 MARQUEZ MARC 93 SPA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 40.174
17 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 40.775
18 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati 52.362
19 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA DNF Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
20 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA DNF Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati DNF
21 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 SPA DNF Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati DNF
22 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA DNF Trackhouse Racing Aprilia DNF

 

 

 

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 60 Pramac Racing Ducati
2 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 42 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA 39 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
4 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 37 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
5 ACOSTA PEDRO 31 SPA 28 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM