Pol Espargaro leads British Grand Prix and takes season best result

Pol Espargaro leads British Grand Prix and takes season best result

29.08.2021: British Grand Prix MotoGP 2021 Round 12 Pol Espargaro clinches his best finish of the season after leading his first laps in Repsol Honda Team colours, Marquez falls on the opening lap of the British GP


British Grand Prix
MotoGP 2021   Round 12



Pol Espargaro clinches his best finish of the season after leading his first laps in Repsol Honda Team colours, Marquez falls on the opening lap of the British GP.




Conditions were much the same as Sunday dawned as they had been for the previous two days; grey clouds lined the sky and a chill sat in the air. With the race expected to be run in largely the same conditions, the Repsol Honda Team got to work in Warm Up. Pol Espargaro was fast yet again, third and 0.135s behind the top spot. A fall during the session upset Marc Marquez’s plan but he still managed to put in the tenth fastest time.



From Honda’s first pole of the year, Pol Espargaro’s R213V shot forward as the Repsol Honda Team rider attempted to make his break. A strong volley of opening laps saw the #44 lead his first Grand Prix in the iconic Repsol Honda Team colours, Fabio Quartararo eventually working his way past on lap five. Espargaro did not relent as he set about battling Alex Rins and brother Aleix Espargaro for the final two steps of the podium, the trio locked together at mid-race distance. As his tyre began to wear, Espargaro changed his focus to defending his position on track.


Crossing the line in fifth, Espargaro takes his best result to date as a Repsol Honda Team rider and concludes a productive weekend of confidence building.


It was a strong start for Marc Marquez as well behind his teammate, the eight-time World Champion keeping position among the leaders. Contact with Jorge Martin sent Marquez wide soon after, the pair coming together again soon after and both falling. This would end Marquez’s race. Unharmed, the #93 returned to the garage to debrief with his team before heading to apologise to Martin and his Pramac Racing Team for the contact. Marquez is now refocusing himself on the upcoming race in Aragon, his home round.


Although ultimately on race day it proved to be a weekend of two halves for the Repsol Honda Team, both Espargaro and Marquez showed significant and consistent speed over the course of the GP. Round 13 will be at the Aragon circuit, a track where the RC213V has excelled – having taken seven wins from the 12 Grands Prix held there since 2010.   
    


       
    
Pol Espargaro  44
FIFTH  


“I enjoyed the race a lot, this was the feeling I was looking for after struggling. To be leading the race was something really special. We went with the soft rear because it gave us the best feeling, but it wasn’t enough to fight for the podium and there’s still some more work to do.


Anyway, until the middle of the race I was there, fighting and enjoying it so much – even closing the gap to Rins and Aleix when my tyre was still performing well. As the grip dropped, I controlled the gap and finished the weekend well. It has been a great weekend overall, we’ve been able to show what we can do and now we head to Aragon where Honda has been very strong in the past.”         


    
       
    
Marc Marquez  93
DNF



“First of all I want to say sorry to Jorge Martin, already I went to him and his team to say sorry after the race. It was my mistake; I was too optimistic with that overtake. Races are sometimes like this and today it was me who made the mistake.



Overall the weekend has been quite good as we have been fast in a lot of sessions, even after a big crash on Friday. It’s a shame to make this mistake in the race because we had the pace to do something interesting here today.”         

    
       
    
    British Grand Prix



1    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    25    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    40'20.579
2    RINS Alex     42    SPA    20    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    2.663
3    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    16    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    4.105
4    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    13    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    4.254
5    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    11    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    8.462
6    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    10    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    12.189
7    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    9    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    13.560
8    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    8    LCR Honda    Honda    14.044
9    MIR Joan     36    SPA    7    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    16.266
10    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    6    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    16.287
11    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    5    Pramac Racing    Ducati    16.339
12    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    4    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati    17.696
13    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    3    LCR Honda    Honda    18.285
14    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    2    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    20.913
15    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    1    SKY VR46 Avintia    Ducati    21.018
16    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    0    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    22.022
17    CRUTCHLOW Cal     35    GBR    0    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    23.232
18    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    0    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    29.758
19    DIXON Jake     96    GBR    0    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    50.845
20    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    0    Pramac Racing    Ducati    DNF
21    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    0    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    DNF
    
    
       
    
Rider Standings



1    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    206    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
2    MIR Joan     36    SPA    141    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
3    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    137    Pramac Racing    Ducati
4    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    136    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
5    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    118    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
6    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    108    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
7    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    95    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
8    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    85    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
9    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    83    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia
10    RINS Alex     42    SPA    64    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
11    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    64    Pramac Racing    Ducati
12    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    59    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
13    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    58    LCR Honda    Honda
14    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    52    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
15    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    49    LCR Honda    Honda
16    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    40    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
17    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    36    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM
18    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    35    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati
19    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    33    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM
20    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    28    SKY VR46 Avintia    Ducati
21    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    28    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
22    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    11    Team HRC    Honda
23    PEDROSA Dani     26    SPA    6    KTM Test Team    KTM
24    SAVADORI Lorenzo     32    ITA    4    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia
25    PIRRO Michele     51    ITA    3    Pramac Racing    Ducati
26    RABAT Tito     53    SPA    1    Pramac Racing    Ducati
    
    
       
    
Team Standings


1    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    301
2    Ducati Lenovo Team    254
3    Team Suzuki Ecstar    205
4    Pramac Racing    205
5    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    193
6    Repsol Honda Team    118
7    LCR Honda    107
8    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    87
9    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    69
10    Petronas Yamaha SRT    68
11    Avintia Esponsorama    35
12    SKY VR46 Avintia    28
13    KTM Test Team    6
14    Team HRC    4
    


Constructor Standings


1    Yamaha    234
2    Ducati    225
3    KTM    162
4    Suzuki    158
5    Honda    115
6    Aprilia    84
    
    
    
    
 from Repsol Honda Team - MotoGP,  photos Honda
 



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