Pol Espargaro’s early weekend form converted into a sensational pole position at the British GP, his first on board the Repsol Honda Team RC213V.

The Spaniard’s 1.58.889 was enough to beat Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) by 0.022s as World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) takes P3, with Jorge Martin’s (Pramac Racing) eventual cancelled lap causing plenty of confusion at the checkered flag.

A typically gloomy British morning was waiting as the MotoGP World Championship rolled out of pitlane for Free Practice 3. The cooler conditions didn’t stop the quick lap times as all of the top 11 dropped into the 1’59s.

Pol Espargaro 44
“Incredible. Just incredible. I almost can’t believe it. We arrived here in Silverstone after two really difficult weekends in Austria and this gave me a lot of motivation, a lot of fire to push this weekend. I have been feeling so good this weekend with the bike, the track, the grip and I am so pleased we were able to make the most of it today. I want to say a huge thank you to the Repsol Honda Team, to Alberto Puig, to Takeo, to Kuwata-san, all of them have helped me so much and continued to work 100% behind me no matter what. We have kept working all this time, and we will keep working, but I just want to enjoy this moment for now.”

British GP Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’58.889
2 BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.022
3 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.036
4 MARTIN Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.185
5 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.197
6 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.384
7 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.479
8 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.642
9 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.690
10 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.750
11 MIR Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.874
12 BINDER Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.088
13 BASTIANINI Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.265 Q1
14 MARINI Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.476
15 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.593
16 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.709
17 MARQUEZ Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.829
18 LECUONA Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.843
19 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.929
20 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.103
21 DIXON Jake 96 GBR Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.581