Bradl and Espargaro back on track at the British GP

2022-08-05 10:15
Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro were reunited with their respective Repsol Honda Team RC213V machines as the British GP ends the summer break, taking 15th and 16th on the opening day of practice.

A cool and crisp British morning started proceedings in Silverstone as the MotoGP World Championship paddock got back up to speed after the long mid-season break. Both Repsol Honda Team riders took a steady approach to the first session back as both Bradl and Espargaro went about confirming their setups and adapting to riding MotoGP machines in Silverstone again. Clear weather meant both sessions were productive and consistent improvements made.

HRC Test Rider Stefan Bradl was able to gain more than two seconds between sessions to end the day in 15th and edge out his teammate by only 0.05s. With a 1’59.801, Bradl missed the combined top ten by half a second and has identified areas to work on to continue improving tomorrow. Riding at the circuit for the first timee in over five years, the German is happy with how the opening day of practice has gone.

Having shown good speed in the morning, Espargaro continued to find time as he dropped below the 2’00 barrier to end the day 16th just behind Bradl. Having missed the last two races through injury and focusing on recovery during the break, Espargaro devoted Friday to mostly working on himself and getting familiar once again with the sensations of a MotoGP bike. A best lap 1’59.852 provides a good base to work from, but the #44 knows there is plenty of work to do.

Free Practice 3 will be an important session for both Repsol Honda Team riders as they target the combined top ten.

Stefan Bradl
15th 1'59.801

“I think that today my lap with the soft tyre was good, I am happy with the performance. I haven’t been here since 2016 so this morning it was a bit hard to find my way, but I was able to remember it. Some modifications to our setting made the bike easier to ride in the afternoon. So far, so good as we have found a better setting. Tomorrow we will need another step to keep up with the field. The soft tyre is making a lot of difference and I am able to get a lot of performance from it.”

Stefan Bradl

Pol Espargaro
16th 1'59.852

“Today was mostly about working on me, this was the biggest thing we tried. We did a bit of work with the aerodynamics package from before the break as well. But after more or less seven weeks without racing, it was a bit weird getting back on a MotoGP bike and I worked on myself today. My brain will keep working tonight and I am sure tomorrow we will be able to push more. The bike is working quite well at the moment so let’s see what tomorrow can bring. It’s nice to be back.”

Pol Espargaro

British Grand Prix Practice Results
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1'58.946
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.154
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing 0.177
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing 0.188
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing 0.207
6 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 0.217

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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