Fabio Quartararo extended his MotoGP championship lead to 65 points with a win at Silverstone, as Aleix Espargaro secured his first podium in seven years, and Aprilia’s first, since their return to MotoGP, in a sensational British GP.
Pol Espargaro started the British GP from pole at a circuit with six different winners in the past six MotoGP races. He had an amazing start, defending from a quickly approaching Francesco Bagnaia.
There was lap 1 drama as Marc Marquez and Jorge Martin touched at turn 8 and retired, bringing out the yellow flag in sector 2 and warranting an investigation from the stewards. Soon afterward, it was an Espargaro 1-2 after Aleix Espargaro overtook Bagnaia.
Fabio Quartararo eventually climbed up the ladder and started chasing the Espargaro brothers, eventually overtaking both brothers in clean overtakes, while securing the fastest lap at the same time with 15 laps to go.
The battle for second place was between the Espargaro brothers as the two traded places back and forth, attempting to close the gap to race leader Quartararo. 2019 race winner Alex Rins proceeded to overtake many, eventually being in podium contention, while Quartararo continued to extend his lead.
With 9 laps to go, Rins overtook Aleix Espargaro for second place, still 3 seconds clear of leader Quartararo in a field day for the Frenchman and a disaster for Ducati and Bagnaia.
While the battle for second continued to wage between Rins and Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller started to close the gap to the younger Espargaro, with the Aussie going through after Pol Espargaro made a mistake and went wide.
Aleix Espargaro held on as he kept fighting off an approaching Miller to secure his first MotoGP podium in seven years, all the while the midfield battle intensified, with six different teams in the top six with one lap to go.
Espargaro and Miller went side by side on the last lap as the Spaniard clung on to his Aprilia, successfully defending from Miller, and securing a podium for the Italian marque.
The top 10 of the MotoGP British GP:
|1||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||40:20.579|
|2||Alex Rins||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+2.663|
|3||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+4.105|
|4||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||+4.254|
|5||Pol Espargaro||Repsol Honda Team||+8.462|
|6||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+12.189|
|7||Iker Lecuona||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||+13.560|
|8||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda Castrol||+14.044|
|9||Joan Mir||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+16.226|
|10||Danilo Petrucci||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||+16.287|