Repsol Honda Team - Pol(e) position at the British GP

Repsol Honda Team - Pol(e) position at the British GP

28.08.2021: British Grand Prix MotoGP 2021 Round 12 Pol Espargaro’s early weekend form converted into a sensational pole position at the British GP, his first on board the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. Marc Marquez will


British Grand Prix
MotoGP 2021   Round 12



Pol Espargaro’s early weekend form converted into a sensational pole position at the British GP, his first on board the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. Marc Marquez will line up just behind his teammate in fifth on the grid, completing a very positive Saturday.


A typically gloomy British morning was waiting as the MotoGP World Championship rolled out of pitlane for Free Practice 3. The cooler conditions didn’t stop the quick lap times as all of the top 11 dropped into the 1’59s, Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez kept up with the pace to earn direct passage to Q2.



There was no slowing down for Espargaro in Free Practice 4 as the #44 ended the session in second and once again took top Honda honours – a small crash at the end of Free Practice 3 having no major impact on his performance. With his trademark determination, Espargaro rolled out of pit lane for Q2 and got to work.




A steady first run had him well placed but on his second set of tyres, Espargaro unleashed himself and set his best ever lap time around Silverstone – a 1’58.889. The time put him second in the session with just seconds to go of Q2. As the Repsol Honda Team rider rolled into Parc Ferme, he was promoted to pole position due to a track limits infringement for Martin.



Pol Espargaro will start the 2021 British Grand Prix from pole position, his first with the Repsol Honda Team and his third in the premier class. This is also the first time a Repsol Honda Team rider has started on pole since Marc Marquez lined up at the head of the field for the 2019 Japanese GP. Espargaro also becomes the first Repsol Honda Team rider other than Marc Marquez to take pole since the 2017 Malaysian GP.



Marc Marquez was rarely more than three tenths behind his Repsol Honda Team teammate throughout the course of Saturday in Silverstone. Tenth in Free Practice 3 and fourth in Free Practice 4, Marquez was continuing to show at the sharp end as he had done on Friday.



Track limits during his first run of Q2 saw the eight-time World Champion’s lap times revoked. With it all to play for, Marquez produced a strong final lap to earn fifth on the grid, 0.197s behind his teammate. Together, Marquez and Espargaro have produced the Repsol Honda Team’s best Saturday of 2021.



Sunday is a new day, but both Espargaro and Marquez and determined to convert their practice pace into race pace and challenge for the top positions. The 20-lap race will begin at 13:00 Local Time, before the Moto2 race.   
    
       


    
Pol Espargaro  44
POLE  1'58.889



“Incredible. Just incredible. I almost can’t believe it. We arrived here in Silverstone after two really difficult weekends in Austria and this gave me a lot of motivation, a lot of fire to push this weekend. I have been feeling so good this weekend with the bike, the track, the grip and I am so pleased we were able to make the most of it today.



I want to say a huge thank you to the Repsol Honda Team, to Alberto Puig, to Takeo, to Kuwata-san, all of them have helped me so much and continued to work 100% behind me no matter what. We have kept working all this time and we will keep working, but I just want to enjoy this moment for now.”         

    

       
    
Marc Marquez  93
FIFTH  1'59.086



“My eye today is much better; it was not a big problem, but it was disturbing me a lot yesterday. My body still had some pain today after the 270km/h crash. I think our Qualifying was strong today since normally I feel some limitations there and we have achieved our goal of the second row.



Let’s see what’s possible tomorrow in the race because the bike has been working well here since Free Practice 1. If we can continue in this direction we can have a good race and it’s important to keep closing the distance to the top guys. Also congratulations to Pol and to Honda for the pole position.”          

    
       
    
    British GP Qualifying Results



1    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    1'58.889
2    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    0.022
3    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.036
4    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.185
5    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.197
6    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    0.384
7    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    0.479
8    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.642
9    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.690
10    RINS Alex     42    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.750
11    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.874
12    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.088
13    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati    0.265 Q1
14    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    SKY VR46 Avintia    Ducati    0.476
15    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    0.593
16    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.709
17    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    LCR Honda    Honda    0.829
18    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.843
19    CRUTCHLOW Cal     35    GBR    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.929
20    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.103
21    DIXON Jake     96    GBR    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    1.581
    

    


    


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