How real is the Honda MotoGP threat at Aragon?
From a surprise struggler to victory contender, 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a campaign for Honda and its riders. With Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami finding form at the right time, can they pull off the latest MotoGP shock?
MotoGP championship leader Joan Mir admitted when he jumped off of his Suzuki after last weekend's Aragon Grand Prix that the pace of the Honda scared him. Factory rookie Alex Marquez cut through him effortlessly like sharpened steel and piled the pressure on race-winning team-mate Alex Rins to end up second.
Mir somewhat backtracked on those comments on Thursday ahead of this weekend's second instalment at Aragon, noting: "This is something I said after the race, I saw Alex was coming from the back with a lot of speed and he was turning quite well. I said this thing but now I don't really agree. It's true they have a lot of potential with this bike, but not especially scared from the Honda."
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