Mir and Marquez work to take learnings from Silverstone Sprint

Mir and Marquez work

England,7th August 2023 A chance for both Repsol Honda Team riders to work on improving their feeling in variable conditions as they completed the 10-lap Sprint without incident.

Overnight rain continued through Saturday for a mostly wet day at the British GP. With conditions constantly changing as the rain eased and returned heavier, picking the correct moments to push for fast laps was crucial. The morning session saw both Repsol Honda Team riders spend the majority of their time on track, working to learn and understand the 5.9-kilometer-long circuit in the wet.

With data gathered, it was time for Qualifying and conditions remained similarly tricky. Marc Marquez made steady improvements as he challenged for one of the top two spots in Q1. Ultimately ending in fourth and half a second from the top two, the eight-time World Champion would line up in 14th for the Sprint. Gaining some positions early in the race, the Sprint in Silverstone would become a race of learning for Marquez as he rode with the other Honda riders to compare and contrast. Crossing the line in 18th, the #93 avoided any major incidents as he prepares for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Starting 19th on his return to MotoGP action, Joan Mir focused himself on finding his feeling again and continuing to build his confidence after his extended break. Adjusting to the conditions as the track dried over the course of the 10-lap Sprint race, Mir was able to end in 17th spot – just in front of his Repsol Honda Team teammate Marc Marquez. The #36 did enjoy his first laps back riding the Honda RC213V in anger, finding himself smiling inside his helmet during the opening laps.

A dry start to the British Grand Prix is currently predicted for Sunday at 13:00 Local Time, but eyes will once again look toward the sky before the lights go out.

Joan Mir (17th)

“It was a very wet day today, that is certain! It stopped raining just before the Sprint and the track was drying out as the race went on – it was a race of two very different parts. It’s difficult in these conditions to manage the grip and it maybe highlighted some of our weaker points more. I didn’t feel super comfortable during the race but it was important to do the laps and keep improving our feeling. It looks like it will be a dry race tomorrow, so hopefully we can improve then. But it was good to be back racing, I was smiling in the first laps.”

Marc Marquez (18th)

“A complicated day with the rain and we just didn’t have the feeling with the bike. We used the Sprint to try and understand many things, when I saw that I was out of the points I looked to ride with the other Hondas in order to watch and learn. We finished the race, learned some more things and did not fall. Let’s see what happens tomorrow because it looks like the conditions will be very different. I want to say congratulations to my brother Alex as well, he had a great race and he is in a good moment.”

British GP – Sprint Race – Qualifying Results

1MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA12Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati21’52.317
2BEZZECCHI MARCO72ITA9Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati0.366
3VINALES MAVERICK12SPA7Aprilia RacingAprilia3.374
4ZARCO JOHANN5FRA6Pramac RacingDucati5.671
5ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA5Aprilia RacingAprilia6.068
6MARTIN JORGE89SPA4Pramac RacingDucati7.294
7MILLER JACK43AUS3Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM9.415
9BINDER BRAD33RSA1Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM10.435
10OLIVEIRA MIGUEL88POR0RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia11.247
11MARINI LUCA10ITA0Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati17.365
12DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO49ITA0Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati20.063
13BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA0Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati24.352
14BAGNAIA FRANCESCO1ITA0Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati25.527
15MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha27.191
16ESPARGARO POL44SPA0Tech3 GASGAS Factory RacingKTM27.693
17MIR JOAN36SPA0Repsol Honda TeamHonda29.062
18MARQUEZ MARC93SPA0Repsol Honda TeamHonda29.326
19FERNANDEZ RAUL25SPA0RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia29.627
21QUARTARARO FABIO20FRA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha30.326
22LECUONA IKER27SPA0LCR HondaHonda47.674

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