The summer break has allowed the MotoGP™ riders and their respective teams to take a well-deserved – and necessary – rest and reset ahead of the second part of the campaign. For some, a mental break was needed. But for others, like Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team), a physical recovery was also required after the Spaniard picked up a nasty rib injury at the German GP.
It was an injury that forced Espargaro to withdraw from the Dutch TT prior to the summer break after the number 44 was experiencing breathing problems and severe discomfort, both on and off the bike. Thankfully Espargaro has been able to recover from the rib injury and will be hoping to enjoy a successful weekend at Silverstone in 2022, just like he did in 2021 when he earned his maiden pole position with Honda.
“I have had a good break, being able to recover from the rib injuries in Germany and get back to training. Last year we had a great weekend in Silverstone and I will be working hard to try and recapture that result, but there’s work to do,” commented Espargaro.
“It’s a track which suited us last year so hopefully we can start this second part of the year better than the races before the break. It was a great break but now I am ready to get back to racing and the Repsol Honda Team.”
Last year’s British GP was special in more ways than one for Pol Espargaro; pole position, a top five result and seeing elder brother Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) stand on the rostrum for the first time in Noale colours. A podium for Pol Espargaro and Honda this weekend would be the perfect way to start the second half of the campaign after a very tricky first part – since the Qatar GP third place, Espargaro’s best result has been a P9.
In addition, like plenty of other riders on the grid, Espargaro is yet to announce where he’ll be riding in 2023 amid the whirlwind that has been this year’s silly season. The 2013 Moto2™ World Champion won’t be focussing on that particular noise though, all he’ll be wanting to do is focus on achieving the best result possible come Sunday afternoon.
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Espargaro has victory and podium pedigree at the iconic British layout in Moto2™ and 125cc respectively, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he and Honda stack up against the in-form frontrunners this time around.