The MotoGP World Championship has landed in Great Britain for the first round of the second half of the season, following the summer break. On the first day, Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) set the best time with a 1:58.183 in the afternoon session -which from this weekend will be the only session that will give direct access to Q2 for the ten fastest riders.
The Top 10 was completed by Jorge Martín (Ducati), Brad Binder (KTM), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), Johann Zarco (Ducati), Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati), Jack Miller (KTM), Luca Marini (Ducati) and Álex Márquez (Ducati).
Tomorrow the riders will have a further practice session at 11:10 (CEST), before starting the qualifying session at 11:50. Later, at 4pm, they will participate in the Sprint Race of the British GP.
Return for Repsol Honda team
Marc Márquez got back onboard his RC213V after a long summer. The Repsol Honda team rider closed FP1 in 15th position. Despite the fact that he progressively improved his times in the afternoon session, he ended the day in 13th position and will be forced to battle for a place in Q2.
Joan Mir returns to action after not participating in the previous Grand Prix on the calendar. Also back fit and motivated to improve his feeling on the Honda, the Spaniard set the 18th fastest time in practice, meaning that he too has to go through Q1 on Saturday.
2023 British GP Practice
|1. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||1:58.183|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+0.671|
|3. Brad Binder||KTM||+0.715|
|4. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+0.721|
|5. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+0.760|
|6. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||+0.790|
|7. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||+0.835|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||+1.018|
|9. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+1.063|
|10. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+1.115|
|13. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+1.272|
|18. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+2.174|
“We spent today going in a steady way to get the confidence back, I started a little stiff but I improved towards the end. Of course we would like to be closer to the top of the time sheets, but at the moment we need to focus on improving what we have. Physically, I have some pain in my right leg, around the abductor muscles, but it is what it is and we keep working. The focus this weekend is inside my team and myself, building a base and getting stronger.”
“I have had to be patient to get to this point but it was great to be back on the bike again and with the team. We started with the base that we were using in Le Mans because I felt the most competitive with it in the first part of the season. After the time away, I needed a couple of laps to understand everything but overall it was quite natural. Today was about working with what we have, the electronics are an area we are working on. Of course, we need to keep improving, but it is important to keep being patient and take it step by step.”