MotoGP 2023
Round 9

Repsol Honda Team endure double DNF in complicated British GP

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Crashes for both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir hide potential in complicated Silverstone race weekend.

Repsol Honda Team endure double DNF in complicated British GP

An unfortunate end to the British Grand Prix for the Repsol Honda Team who had been working to build over the course of the weekend meant they would leave unrewarded. Spits of rain in the buildup to the 20-lap race had many wondering if there was a chance of the race being declared wet. Rain would eventually arrive, sending a handful of riders into the pit in the closing stages.

Marc Marquez was able to gain several positions early in the race, despite losing his right wing due to contact on the opening lap. The eight-time World Champion worked his way to inside the top ten despite this limitation as the rain returned and the white flags came out. His charge would be short lived as contact with Enea Bastianini at Turn 12 ended the Repsol Honda Team rider’s race. Marquez escaped injury in the fall.

It proved to be a challenging race for Joan Mir on his return to Sunday action, suffering from a poor start to the race which dropped him to the back of the field. The Mallorcan worked hard to regain the lost ground but fell without injury on lap three.

The entirety of the Repsol Honda Team will work to regroup and go again at the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, 18 to 20 August.

Marc Márquez
Marc Márquez 93
Repsol Honda Team
Our race was complicated from the start as I lost my right wing when I had a small contact in the first lap. Then I crashed in an unlucky situation with Bastianini, but it was the type of crash where you don’t lose any confidence. Without one wing I was losing a lot under acceleration but at one point in the race it started to rain and I was able to make up some ground to the other riders. Aside from this, the weekend was not so bad when we look at our approach and what we were able to do in the race before the crash. We keep working, building our confidence and following our plan. 

Joan Mir
Joan Mir 36
Repsol Honda Team
It was not the comeback I had wanted. The start was not good and I lost a lot of positions at the start. Then the feeling, especially under braking, was not what I was expecting and the bike was very nervous. I ran on as a result of this and fell in the gravel. Unfortunately, that’s our Sunday. We need to check everything well with the team and the engineers to improve for the upcoming weekend in Austria. Fortunately, I was not hurt in the crash, this is important. 

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