Repsol Honda Team walk away with points after trying Doha weekend

Repsol Honda Team walk away with points after trying Doha weekend

04.04.2021: Doha GP MotoGP 2021 Round 2 There were flashes of whatís set to come from a strong and consistent Pol Espargaro, matching the pace of the leaders throughout the race as Bradl recovered from a difficult start with an aggressive ride through the f


Doha GP
MotoGP 2021   Round 2


There were flashes of what’s set to come from a strong and consistent Pol Espargaro, matching the pace of the leaders throughout the race as Bradl recovered from a difficult start with an aggressive ride through the field.




For the second time in two weeks, the MotoGP World Championship lined up on the grid in Qatar. What followed was the closest top 15 in MotoGP history, just 8.928 seconds splitting the leading 15 as fans around the world were treated to a spectacular race.


An up and down weekend for Pol Espargaro was put to the back of his mind, the 2013 Moto2 World Champion getting another strong launch on the Honda RC213V as the lights went out. Fighting with those around him, Espargaro worked to hold his position but dropped back on the sixth lap after a mistake.



Rallying, Espargaro moved back past Morbidelli midway through the race as he matched the pace of the podium contenders. Unrelenting lap times saw the younger Espargaro brother cut a two second gap in half with eight laps still to go as the leading pack fought with each other.



Unfortunately, a mistake into Turn 1 ended his hopes of repeating his top-ten finish from a week ago. Crossing the line in 13th, Espargaro was looking for more this Sunday but once again showed there is huge potential inside himself and the RC213V. After multiple weeks riding in Qatar, Espargaro is looking forward to trying the Honda on a new circuit.



Stefan Bradl’s Doha Grand Prix was complicated by the start of the race, dropping from 11th on the grid down to outside the points by the first corner. Keeping calm, Bradl put together an aggressive but controlled race as he steadily moved forward.



Lapping in the low 1’55s saw the German make up his lost ground and return to fighting for points. With just a handful of laps to go, Bradl found himself battling against Espargaro for top Honda honours out on track. Ending just 6.453 seconds from the win, Bradl walks away with 14th place.



The MotoGP World Championship will now prepare to return to the dynamic Portimão Circuit for round three of the World Championship. Having shown well there in the previous year, the Repsol Honda Team are aiming to fight for the top positions once again.   
    
       


    
Pol Espargaro  44
13TH  



“This race we once again showed that our potentially is incredibly high, our pace was really strong especially during the middle and the end of the race, but I made two big mistakes which ruined our chances. We could have been fighting for a lot more, especially without the second error.


We have again been able to finish close to the winner despite this, but I am left wondering what could have been. These two races have both shown that our potential on the Honda is very, very high but we still need to work on a couple of things including Qualifying. There’s more to come, we will try again in Portimão.”         

    


       
    
Stefan Bradl  6
14TH  


“The first thing I did when I came back to the garage was to apologise for the start, it was my mistake. It’s a problem I have never had in my career before and it’s very unfortunate because here we lost probably two seconds.


After this big mistake our pace was very good, and I was able to catch the group and ride aggressively. I am quite angry because I was riding well and if it weren’t for the start, we could have been even closer and fighting for higher positions. In the end it is what it is. Now MotoGP returns to Europe and I am sure we will see Honda stronger there again.”         

    
       
    
    Doha Grand Prix


1    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    25    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    42'23.997
2    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    20    Pramac Racing    Ducati    1.457
3    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    16    Pramac Racing    Ducati    1.500
4    RINS Alex     42    SPA    13    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    2.088
5    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    11    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    2.110
6    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    10    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    2.642
7    MIR Joan     36    SPA    9    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    4.868
8    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    8    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    4.979
9    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    7    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati    5.365
10    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    6    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    5.382
11    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    5    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati    5.550
12    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    4    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    5.787
13    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    3    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    6.063
14    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    2    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    6.453
15    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    1    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    8.928
16    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    0    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    14.246
17    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    0    LCR Honda    Honda    16.241
18    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    0    SKY VR46 Avintia    Ducati    16.472
19    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    0    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    16.779
20    SAVADORI Lorenzo     32    ITA    0    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    38.775
21    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    0    LCR Honda    Honda    DNF
22    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    0    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM    DNF
    
    
       
    
Rider Standings


1    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    40    Pramac Racing    Ducati
2    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    36    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
3    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    36    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
4    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    26    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
5    RINS Alex     42    SPA    23    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
6    MIR Joan     36    SPA    22    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
7    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    17    Pramac Racing    Ducati
8    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    15    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia
9    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    14    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
10    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    11    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati
11    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    11    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
12    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    10    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
13    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    7    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
14    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    4    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
15    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    4    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
16    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    4    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
    
    
       
    
Team Standings


1    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    72
2    Pramac Racing    57
3    Team Suzuki Ecstar    45
4    Ducati Lenovo Team    40
5    Repsol Honda Team    18
6    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    15
7    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    14
8    Avintia Esponsorama    11
9    Petronas Yamaha SRT    8
    

Constructor Standings


1    Yamaha    50
2    Ducati    40
3    Suzuki    26
4    Aprilia    15
5    KTM    11
6    Honda    11
    


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