Pol Espargaro takes 13th on the British Grand Prix grid
MotoGP reactivated at the UK’s historic home for motorsport – the Silverstone Circuit in England’s midlands – for the twelfth round of nineteen this year and the rain and cancellation of 2018 was partially forgotten with warm sunshine and a decent climate at the fast and long layout today.
The comprehensive resurfacing work at Silverstone was positively received by the riders as lap records tumbled through the first Free Practice sessions on Friday and the crucial Qualification runs during Saturday afternoon. Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro took his factory RC16 to 13th place in Q1 and was just 0.4 of a second from making the cut to Q2. His chrono of 1:59.549 represented an improvement of three seconds from 2018.
The GoPro British Grand Prix gets underway at a later time (CET) tomorrow but MotoGP occurs at 14.00 as the second race on the schedule.
“I’m quite happy and we made a fast lap but I was losing three tenths and that stopped me entering Q2, which was frustrating. I was expecting FP3 to be better for us. Anyway, we have good information and we have to use it for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the race because I was quick in FP4 with the hard tyre and we have good rhythm but we must work on the fourth sector to not give that time away.”