MotoGP British GP: Aleix Espargaro Wins at Silverstone with Brilliant Last Lap Pass on Francesco Bagnaia
Monster Energy British Grand Prix watched Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) won at Silverstone Circuit on August 9, 2023.
This marks his second career grand prix victory since the 2022 Argentine Grand Prix.
He passed Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) on the final lap and took the first victory of 2023.
Francesco Bagnaia led the majority of the race, but was overtook by Aleix Espargaro at the exit of Copse Corner on the last lap, finally finished 2nd place.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) was 3rd ahead of Miguel Oliveira (RNF Aprilia), which is his second podium of 2023 following Spanish Grand Prix.
Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) completed the top five. Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) was 6th.
Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 7th, and Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) was 8th ahead of Johann Zarco (Pramac).
Raul Fernandez (RNF Aprilia) made his first top 10 MotoGP result.
Poleman Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) crashed out at Stowe corner with 15 laps remaining.
This result marks Francesco Bagnaia leads the standings by 41 points now from Jorge Martin on Championship, with Marco Bezzecchi 47 adrift.
Aleix Espargaro said, “I'm very happy to be back on top! Maybe at the beginning of the season the expectation was a bit too high on my side and the team. I made too many mistakes and lost too many points. I've had good speed, many Fridays and in many sessions I was very close to Pecco but it doesn't matter. You have to be fast on Sunday. For one reason or another I was not able to match my speed with the results. Obviously we don't have the points that I think we deserve, but I was fast here on Friday, yesterday, unfortunately it was a wet race but I was quite happy about my performance. But today I was super convinced and knew that it would be an opportunity for me. My plan was to overtake Pecco in turn three but in corner two when preparing the overtake I did a highside and I lost ground. Then I tried to recover the gap to him and in the last corner of last year's circuit [layout] I saw that Pecco had a lot less traction than me. I gained a lot of time there and I knew in the next one he would struggle more. I braked very, very late, went to the outside and I accelerated better than him.”
Monster Energy British Grand Prix Race Results
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / 40m 40.367s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.215s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.680s
- Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / +0.750s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +2.101s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +7.903s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +9.099s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +9.298s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +9.958s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +19.947s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +20.296s
- Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +66.120s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +87.605s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +88.913s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +89.075s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +98.573s
- Iker Lecuona / LCR Honda / +109.674s
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