Repsol Honda Team collect more points in Portugal
A pair of safe finishes for the Repsol Honda Team in at the Portuguese Grand Prix brought with them solid points as Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro crossed the line in sixth and ninth respectively and closed the gap to the championship lead.
Sunday in Portimao started with perhaps the most important session of the weekend, the dry Warm Up the first real chance for the Repsol Honda Team to gather good data in the dry after two days of rain. Both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro spent the entirety of the session on track to maximise the information gained. A late lap saw Marquez end the morning in third with Espargaro further down the timesheet in 14th.
Marc Marquez put together a safe Grand Prix in Portimao, crossing the line in sixth place after a close battle with LCR Honda rider Alex Marquez which saw the pair battle to the finish line. Starting in ninth place, Marquez was able to hold position inside the group as the field filtered through the tight opening sector of the track. Settling into tenth place as the first lap came to a close, the eight-time World Champion made steady progress over the following laps and passed his teammate after a brief but intense battle with 19 laps to go. Falls ahead saw Marquez promoted two positions before he ultimately fought for sixth place against Alex Marquez, the pair’s battle going right to the finish.
After the race, Marquez heads to Jerez 11th in the World Championship standings with 31 points – now 38 points behind new World Championship leader and race-winner Fabio Quartararo.
For Pol Espargaro it was another lightning start to proceedings as the lights went out, the #44 making up a number of places with the acceleration of the Honda RC213V. From inside the top ten, Espargaro had a defensive race as he fended off the likes of Martin and Binder. Like his teammate, Espargaro was able to benefit from falls ahead and was promoted two positions in the final laps of the race. A close battle on the closing lap with Francesco Bagnaia saw Espargaro just miss out on eighth place by 0.258s.
Although the result was not what Espargaro had been aiming for, he loses just a single point to the World Championship leader and sits 12th overall with 30 points.
The Repsol Honda Team will now head immediately to Jerez de la Frontera for round six of the MotoGP World Championship. Improving results on both sides of the Repsol Honda Team garage is the only objective for the weekend.
“It’s not the result we want or want to be fighting for but today we did not have the feeling. Already in Warm Up I was not feeling how I wanted, and we made a small change for the race which helped a bit but the speed of our rivals was more than we had. We were there fighting with Pol in the start of the race and then Alex in the second half, it was an all-Honda battle really. Within this battle we were able to come out on top which was a positive but it’s true this is not where we should be. We need to be faster, in Jerez it’s time to be faster and finish closer to the front.”
“We are not satisfied with how the race went; we did not have the speed today. It’s time to understand more why this situation is happening because during the pre-season we were strong. Jerez is a good place to turn this situation around and I am pleased we can go there straight away to keep working. Already there are some ideas to change the situation in Jerez so I hope the weather will be good there. We must keep working, we must work harder than our rivals to overcome these problems. Fortunately, we have amazing engineers in Japan and a great team here at the track to work with.”
Portuguese Grand Prix Race Results
|1||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||25||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||41'39.611|
|2||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||20||Pramac Racing||Ducati||5.409|
|3||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||16||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||6.068|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||9.633|
|5||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||11||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||13.573|
|6||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||10||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||16.163|
|7||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||9||LCR Honda||Honda||16.183|
|8||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||8||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||16.511|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||7||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||16.769|
|10||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||18.063|
|11||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||5||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||29.029|
|12||Marini Luca||10||ITA||4||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||29.249|
|13||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||3||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||33.354|
|15||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||1||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||46.052|
|16||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||49.569|
|17||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||0||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||50.303|
|18||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||DNF||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||DNF|
|19||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||DNF||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||DNF|
|20||Mir Joan||36||SPA||DNF||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|21||Miller Jack||43||AUS||DNF||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||DNF|
|22||Binder Brad||33||RSA||DNF||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|23||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||DNF||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||DNF|
|24||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||DNF||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|1||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||69||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|2||Rins Alex||42||SPA||69||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|3||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||66||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|4||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||61||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|5||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||51||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|6||Mir Joan||36||SPA||46||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|7||Binder Brad||33||RSA||42||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|8||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||39||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|9||Miller Jack||43||AUS||31||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|10||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||31||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati|
|11||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||31||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||30||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|13||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||28||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|14||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||25||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia|
|15||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||17||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|16||Marini Luca||10||ITA||14||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|17||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||13||LCR Honda||Honda|
|18||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||12||LCR Honda||Honda|
|19||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||8||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati|
|20||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||8||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha|
|21||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||6||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha|
|24||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||0||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati|
|25||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia|
|26||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||HRC Test Team||Honda|
The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has 15 corners – nine right, six left. The undulation in Portimao is incredible and the front straight will allow the MotoGP™ riders to really stretch the legs of their machines, before a unique downhill descend into Turn 1. There’s a reason it gets called… read more.
|Longest Straight||969 m|
|Pole Position||1'37.226 (170.0Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1'38.872 (167.1Km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2023)|
|Race Time||41'24.401 (166.2km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|2023 Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|