Yesterday’s qualifying outing didn’t go as planned for the 30-year-old from Chiba and the 31-year-old Spaniard, who lined up 20th and 18th on the grid. But the duo kept their cool and when the lights went out they embarked on the difficult task of forging ahead, at a time when overtaking is very difficult in the premier class of motorcycle racing. .
After the opening laps, Nakagami and Espargaro rode with Honda’s top qualifier, Alex Marquez (LCR Honda CASTROL Honda RC213V), passing the 26-year-old Spaniard to enter the points halfway through the 20-lap race. At the checkered flag, they were 13th and 14th, separated by exactly two tenths of a second, following a race pace around six tenths of a second behind the winner.
Nakagami found the race particularly difficult, as he had so many riders ahead of him during the crucial early laps. However, he didn’t let himself be held back and he made several excellent passes in his RC213V.
It was Espargaro’s first finish since the Catalunya Grand Prix in early June, after an injury in the German GP forced him to retire from that race and miss the following Dutch round of the series. . He was much happier with his pace in the closing stages of today’s race and is confident he will be more competitive at the next race in Austria.
Marquez finished the race in 17th position, two positions outside the world championship points. The former Moto2 and Moto3 world champion had high hopes of qualifying higher up the grid to improve his race performance, but slipped up in yesterday’s Q1 qualifying. Today he was held back by an error in the electronics setting, which caused him rear grip problems, especially in the last stages where he was unable to accompany Nakagami and Espargaro.
Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V) qualified 18th but was given a three-place grid penalty for driving slowly on the race line during Q1. Starting from 21st place made the race particularly difficult for Honda’s official MotoGP test rider, who was riding in place of six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V), who is recovering from an operation. to the right upper arm that he fractured. in July 2020.
During the race, Bradl left the track fighting with a rival, which earned him another penalty, which set him back further. The 32-year-old German finished the race in 19th position, less than a second behind Marquez.
Today’s British Grand Prix was the 12th in this year’s 20-race championship and the start of the second part of the season, following a five-week summer break. The MotoGP paddock now returns to the continent in the town of Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on August 21. The 2022 MotoGP season ends in Valencia, Spain on November 6.