“It shows how fast Italian manufacturers are” – Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro hasn’t moved past 19th on the British MotoGP GP starting grid – a very different result to what he achieved in qualifying last year at Silverstone, where he clinched the pole position. The driver believes he could have done better – a time in line with that of 2021 – but also acknowledged that his rivals and especially the Italian manufacturers have made very significant progress.
The Spaniard Repsol Honda told the press after the session that he had problems which prevented him from setting the best possible time: “My qualification was not realistic. I couldn’t do the lap time I wanted. In the first series of laps, with the first tire, I had electronic problems and had to go to the garage. I thought about changing the bike, but I stayed with this one, and then also because of electronic problems I had a big highside in turn three and I lost 0.3s or 0.4s. It was my lap time, so I don’t think my lap time is realistic; would be 1m58.8s – similar to last year, but not faster”.
With this in mind, Espargaro recognizes that Honda has not progressed, unlike several other manufacturers… and even considers that Johann Zarco could have made an even faster pole position lap: “That’s the problem: at the end of We would do more or less the same lap time, while the others improved my pole position by 1.1 seconds last year. And Johann lost 0.2s or 0.3s in the third sector – looking at the ideal time he is one of the last in the third sector, which means the lap time could have been 1m57.5s s he had not committed the error of the third sector. This shows how fast Italian manufacturers are and how slow others are. So we absolutely have to work to improve the situation.”