A chance for both Repsol Honda Team riders to work on improving their feeling in variable conditions as they completed the 10-lap Sprint without incident.
Overnight rain continued through Saturday for a mostly wet day at the British GP. With conditions constantly changing as the rain eased and returned heavier, picking the correct moments to push for fast laps was crucial. The morning session saw both Repsol Honda Team riders spend the majority of their time on track, working to learn and understand the 5.9-kilometer-long circuit in the wet.
With data gathered, it was time for Qualifying and conditions remained similarly tricky. Marc Marquez made steady improvements as he challenged for one of the top two spots in Q1. Ultimately ending in fourth and half a second from the top two, the eight-time World Champion would line up in 14th for the Sprint. Gaining some positions early in the race, the Sprint in Silverstone would become a race of learning for Marquez as he rode with the other Honda riders to compare and contrast. Crossing the line in 18th, the #93 avoided any major incidents as he prepares for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
Starting 19th on his return to MotoGP action, Joan Mir focused himself on finding his feeling again and continuing to build his confidence after his extended break. Adjusting to the conditions as the track dried over the course of the 10-lap Sprint race, Mir was able to end in 17th spot – just in front of his Repsol Honda Team teammate Marc Marquez. The #36 did enjoy his first laps back riding the Honda RC213V in anger, finding himself smiling inside his helmet during the opening laps.
A dry start to the British Grand Prix is currently predicted for Sunday at 13:00 Local Time, but eyes will once again look towards the sky before the lights go out.
British GP - Sprint Race
|1||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||12||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||21'52.317|
|2||Bezzecchi Marco||72||ITA||9||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.366|
|3||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||7||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||3.374|
|4||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||6||Pramac Racing||Ducati||5.671|
|5||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||5||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||6.068|
|6||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||4||Pramac Racing||Ducati||7.294|
|7||Miller Jack||43||AUS||3||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||9.415|
|8||Fernandez Augusto||37||SPA||2||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||9.850|
|9||Binder Brad||33||RSA||1||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||10.435|
|10||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||11.247|
|11||Marini Luca||10||ITA||0||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||17.365|
|12||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||0||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||20.063|
|13||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||0||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||24.352|
|14||Bagnaia Francesco||1||ITA||0||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||25.527|
|15||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||27.191|
|16||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||0||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||27.693|
|17||Mir Joan||36||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||29.062|
|18||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||29.326|
|19||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||0||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||29.627|
|20||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||29.909|
|21||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||30.326|
|22||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||0||LCR Honda||Honda||47.674|
The Silverstone Circuit is long, fast and flowing, with a lot of fast changes of direction and a mixture of corners: the stadium section from Abbey through the Loop to Aintree is tight and technical, Woodcote and Copse are long and fast, the Maggotts/Becketts complex a bit of both. It… read more.
|Length||5.900 kilometres / 3.666 miles|
|Longest straight||0.770 kilometres / 0.478 miles|
Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 57.767s (180.3 km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 59.346s (177.9 km/h) Alex Rins (Suzuki, 2022)|
|Race Time||40m 10.260s (176.2 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|2023 Race Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Alex Marquez (Ducati)|