Repsol Honda Team aim to recover from complicated Silverstone Saturday

2022-08-15 01:14
Complications throughout the day left Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl chasing fast laps until the final moments of qualifying, earning just 18th and 21st on the grid.

Both Repsol Honda Team riders were aiming for much more on Saturday at the British GP having spent Friday getting up to speed after the break. Unfortunately, Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl found themselves hindered at critical moments during the day.

Constantly looking for more from the RC213V, Espargaro spent the day working diligently to improve. During the crucial Q1 session, a small technical problem on his first run and a near highside later limited what Espargaro was able to achieve. Unable to recreate his pole time from 2021, the #44 will line up 18th on the grid, promoted a position due to the penalty of his teammate. He is confident of gaining some ground with his race pace.

Stefan Bradl qualified as the fastest Repsol Honda Team rider for the first time in 2022 as his speed continues to build with more bike time. Although 18th on the grid is not the position, he nor the Repsol Honda Team are aiming for, it did show progress and improvements. A post-session penalty saw the German demoted three places down to 21st.

The twelfth race of the 2022 MotoGP season is scheduled to begin at 13:00 Local Time, directly after the Moto3 race. At 20 laps, it’s set to be a long race around the 5.9-kilometre long circuit and both Bradl and Espargaro will be looking to make every corner count as they plot their comeback.

Pol Espargaro
18th 1'59.367

“It was a really tough day. We had an electrical problem on the first run so I needed to pit and then I almost highsided on the second run. I lost a lot of time and almost everything went wrong. There have been some very big improvements compared to last year, even my pole time would not have been enough to challenge. Our race pace is closer to the others than we were in Qualifying today and there’s potential to make up positions tomorrow and have a consistent race. We need to figure out how to be faster.”

Pol Espargaro

Stefan Bradl
21st 1'59.339

“I am happy with the performance I put on track. Qualifying was a little bit difficult with a lot of traffic. I was able to qualify in 18th which is OK and I am happy with that but then we received a three place penalty for the grid. It’s hard to swallow, but this is the situation and I accept my mistake with Bezzecchi. For tomorrow we have to find some more pace to stay with some of the guys ahead of us.”

Stefan Bradl

British Grand Prix - Qualifying Results
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing 1'57.767
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing 0.098
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team 0.164
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0.171
5 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team 0.194
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing 0.199
7 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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