Marc Márquez’s teammate on the Repsol Honda team achieves his first pole position with the winged signature and completes the end of a true Stations of the Cross
“I just hope that this ‘pole’ is the beginning of the recovery. It has been a very hard journey until I got hold of the controls of the Honda,” says ‘Polyccio’
England, Silverstone, an old airfield, one of the longest routes in the world, one of the most complicated scenarios, especially due to its climate (it is cold, very cold, in the middle of August), has finally been the scene of the resurgence of a great pilot, the rebirth of a champion, the Catalan Pol Espargaró, who has been living a real way of the cross since he joined the considered best team in the MotoGP World Championship, Repsol Honda, as a partner of no less champion Marc Márquez.
‘Police’ has achieved today, at Silverstone, his 20th pole position, but the first with the MotoGP Honda and the first of the winged firm that, certainly, is not having, the truth, as it was not in 2020, a good 2021. “Well, let’s hope that this wonderful ‘pole’, very worked, on a long, difficult track, in which any error is tenths that you lose, it really means the end of this hard, very hard, journey, because I am completing a great weekend ”.
The favorites, behind
The youngest of the Espargaró stopped the clock in 1.58.889 minutes and became the leader of MotoGP, heading tomorrow a grid in which he will share the front row with two of the great favorites for the title, the Italian ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati) and french Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), outstanding leader of the championship. Behind, will be three authentic boars, hungry for triumph as they are Jorge Martin (Ducati), Marc Marquez (Honda), who continues to have problems in his right eye, tears are flooding all the time and, therefore, make it very difficult for him to see and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia).
“It is clear that the race will be something else, of course, and that Fabio (Quartararo), for example, seems to have a better pace than anyone else, although I have had a very complete weekend,” Pol Espargaró continued explaining. “The truth is that I am delighted with everything that is happening to me here and I cannot say otherwise that I am pushing as always, although I am beginning to understand the bike better. It is still curious that on the fastest lap, I did what I always did but, before, I came off tails, I fell, and this time it was all round and we got pole. That’s how racing is ”.
Rossi, in the fight
Everyone seems to have finished the training very happy, although everyone has the same doubt: which tires to ride in the race, since the cold weather at Silverstone means that neither the medium nor the hard can warm up well and, therefore, They will have to choose the soft one that, perhaps, will not last the whole race. “Yes, yes, we have the biggest doubt when choosing the wheels because, although Fabio (Quartararo) seems to have a better rhythm than the others, there are many riders who are very, very close to him,” said Bagnaia.
Jorge Martín (Ducati), who is following the year of his MotoGP debut in extraordinary form, and MM93, as well as Aleix Espargaró, are eager to present their candidacy for the podium and victory alongside the top three on the grid. Even Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who loves Silverstone, and comes out in the third row, closer than ever, may be a candidate for fun.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.