The Spanish Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) achieved his first pole position of the season and also in the Repsol Honda team by being the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP British Grand Prix that took place at the MotoGP circuit. Silverstone.
Pol Espargaró set a best time of 1:58.889 which was only surpassed by the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), who rolled in 1: 58.008, which in addition to giving him the first position was a new absolute record, beating the one held by Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) since 2019 with 1 : 58.168, but moments after finishing the classification the Ducati’s registration was annulled.
Martín had clearly exceeded the limits of the circuit in an area where there is a wide loophole and the cancellation was unquestionable, which relegated him, in any case, to a good fourth place in the starting lineup.
Meanwhile, Pol Espargaró was able to enjoy his first great moment as a pilot of Repsol Honda, climbing to the top of the standings for the first time this season and for the third time in the MotoGP category.
In the first classification Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) was the first leader, but they immediately beat him, first the Spanish Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR) and then the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), considering a fight between all of them to access the second classification in which the French also interfered Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and the Italian Danilo Petrucci (KTM RC 16).
Bastianini ended up being the victim of his own ambition when he suffered an accident at the last minute at turn twelve that did not allow him to improve his personal time, then leader of the batch, which left him in the hands of his rivals and both Johann Zarco and Alex Rins They took advantage of it to perfection to enter the second classification on their last lap.
Although Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) was the first leader of the second classification, his record of 2: 00.237 had no signs of holding too much in that position since the best times in the category had been in previous sessions below two minutes and in the classification, already all with soft tire compounds for a few laps, the logical thing is to shoot faster.
So it was. The Frenchman Fabio Quartararo was the first to achieve it to become the leader and in his wake he was approached by both the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), in addition to the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), and still with the option of making a new step through workshops to change tires.
The surprise of the session was that until that moment, after the first “time attack”, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) had remained seated in his workshop and while many of his rivals returned to them he decided to go out on the track to make a first lap that was canceled for exceeding the limits of the track.
He returned to his workshop to exit again just behind Alex Kidneys, with whom he fought for victory in 2019, and Aleix Espargaró.
The last minutes were interesting, with some pilots looking for the wake of others, while the most convinced of its possibilities focused on shooting alone.
That was the case of Jorge Martín, who seemed to end up adding his fourth pole position of the season with a new all-time record of 1: 58.008 who beat his immediate pursuer, also Spanish Pol Espargaró, by no less than nine tenths of a second, but his registration was canceled and he handed the “pole” to the Repsol Honda rider on a tray while he “fell” to fourth position, just ahead of Marc Márquez and Aleix Espargaró.
Thus, in addition to Pol Espargaró, the Italian “Pecco” Bagnaia and the world leader, Fabio Quartararo.
Jack Miller, Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco were in third and the two drivers of Suzuki -a little behind what was expected of them, both from Alex Rins and Joan Mir-, and the South African Brad Binder.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.