Penultimate race of the year for Repsol Honda Team

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Marc Márquez will miss the Algarve GP after suffering a crash when motocross training. Test rider Stefan Bradl will replace him. Pol Espargaró looks to build on a first podium with the Repsol Honda Team.

Penultimate race of the year for Repsol Honda Team

After his podium at Misano, Pol Espargaró will travel to the Circuito Internacional de Algarve, Portugal, for the seventeenth Grand Prix of the season.

The Spaniard finished second at the previous round, his best result since coming into the premier class and as an HRC rider.

Last year in the Algarve, Espargaró achieved a fourth place finish that allowed him to place amongst the Top 5 in the overall standings.

Teammate Marc Márquez will not be in action in Portugal this weekend, due to a heavy crash he suffered last Saturday while training motocross. As a precaution, both the doctors and the team have decided to wait for him to fully recover before riding his Honda RC213V again.

Stefan Bradl will be his replacement at Portimao. The German has already competed at the track, where last year he finished the Portuguese Grand Prix in seventh position.

Rider Statements


“We had a great weekend in Misano and we were able to show what we can do on the Honda but now we have a new challenge. Having already raced in Portugal this year will be good as we already have knowledge of the track but I think it could be a bit difficult this weekend compared to Misano. Conditions will be different compared to the time here so we have to understand what adjustments we will need. The motivation is so high to push in these final rounds and reward the team again. I want to wish Marc a speedy recovery.”


“First of all I hope Marc is recovering well and he can be back on track soon. I am looking forward to riding again as Portimao is an enjoyable circuit where we had a good result towards the end of 2020. It’s never easy to jump on the bike, but we have had a lot of good bike time this year between the races and testing.”

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