Dutch GP 2021: Eleventh on the grid for Espargaró

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The Repsol Honda team rider will start the race from the fourth row of the grid. A small crash prevents Marc Márquez from fighting for a spot in Q2, and he will take off from 20th.

Dutch GP 2021: Eleventh on the grid for Espargaró

Pol Espargaró, who was able to go straight into Q2 thanks to his showing in the third Free Practice session, and will start from eleventh at the Dutch Grand Prix, the ninth round of the season.

With a best lap of 1:32.830, the Repsol Honda Team rider was just over a second off the pole position time.

Marc Márquez
did not go directly into Q2 and had to contest the first qualifying session of the day. He maintained a good pace all morning, but crashed when finishing his flying lap to attempt to get through to Q2.

The Repsol Honda Team rider will start from twentieth, on the seventh row, after setting a best time of 1:33.477.

The MotoGP race will take place on Sunday at 2:00pm (CEST).

Rider statements


“My body was feeling the crash of yesterday and it just made everything more difficult in the end. The morning started well, I felt good in FP3 and FP4 and then in Qualifying the feeling with the first tyre wasn’t so good, but I felt better with the second. I couldn’t finish the lap, this can happen in Qualifying when you are pushing, I lost the front and I fell. I wasn’t really riding how I wanted today. Tomorrow will be difficult; 20th is not our place at all. Starting this far back will be tricky but we will do what we can and learn as much as possible. I also have to thank Honda for their fast work, after yesterday they brought a solution to our Traction Control concerns today and it has helped – this is Honda.”


“Today we did not deliver in Qualifying, we should have been on the front two rows at least. I made a mistake with the front tyre, I used the soft front twice and this was not the right things to do. This is what happens when we have such a short pre-season and we aren’t able to make these mistakes during a test, we have to make them during a race weekend and put ourselves in this difficult situation. We have been flying all weekend, but now starting so far back it will be difficult tomorrow. Anyway, let’s see what happens on Sunday.”

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