Retirement gives Espargaro wings

Retirement gives Espargaro wings

Two days after announcing that he would retire at the end of this season, Aleix Espargaro took pole position for the Catalan Grand Prix on his Aprilia. He is ahead of Francesco Bagnaia and Brad Binder, while the French Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco will start 17th and 18th.

Aleix Espargaro visibly lifted a weight off Thursday by announcing that he would retire at the end of this season. The 34-year-old Spaniard had only started from pole position five times in 239 MotoGP starts, and here he is who signs his sixth pole, at home in Barcelona! The Aprilia rider shattered the lap record (“the best lap of my life!”, he assured), setting a fantastic time of 1’38″190, and he will therefore be at the forefront for the race sprint on Saturday afternoon (3:00 p.m.) and for the Grand Prix on Sunday (2:00 p.m.). Perhaps the opportunity to secure his fourth victory in the premier category, he who has not yet been on any podium this season?

To do this, we will have to get the best of the double world champion Francesco Bagnaia, a little disappointed with his session and who will start just behind him on his Ducati, while Brad Binder completes a first row with three different manufacturers, on his KTM, in front the rookie Pedro Acosta (Tech3), who celebrates his 20th birthday this Saturday. Leader of the championship with 38 points ahead of Bagnaia, Jorge Martin will only start in sixth position. Victim of a fall in turn 2 at the end of the session with his teammate Franco Morbidelli (10th), he did not have time to improve his time afterwards.

Zarco falls twice

And the French in all this? Once again, they are far away… Forced to go through Q1 due to their poor performance during free practice, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Honda) will start 17th and 18th respectively on the grid. Zarco even went to the ground twice, fortunately without injury, during the third free practice session and in Q1. Fabio Di Giannantonio (VR46) and Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse) managed to get out of Q1 and will start 5th and 7th on the grid.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *