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.”

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.”

MotoGP 2022
Qualifying Round 12   Great Britain

British Grand Prix - Qualifying Results

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'57.767
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.098
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.164
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.171
5 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.194
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.199
7 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.334
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.339
9 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.407
10 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.550
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.551
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.776
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.244 - Q1
14 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.323
15 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.339
16 Gardner Remy AUS 0.511
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.679
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.758
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.781
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.005
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda 0.730
22 Fernandez Raul SPA 1.311
23 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.322
24 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.623
Location Information

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
Width 17 metres
Left corners 8
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.770 kilometres / 0.478 miles
Constructed 1948
Modified 2011

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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)