Pol Espargaró: Only massive changes will help Honda / MotoGP

Behind Aprilia, Ducati, KTM and Yamaha, Honda was only the fifth strength in Friday’s free MotoGP drills at Mugello. Pol Espargaró hopes the external conditions will change over the weekend.

“Since the Jerez test, I’ve tried different, sometimes extreme, things with the Honda setup,” explained Repsol driver Pol Espargaró. “But it did not work out. In Le Mans, where I am usually very fast, we had to return to the normal bike. Mugello may not be the best place for Honda. And see how many Ducati there are online. It will be very difficult for us with the long straight. “

Pol finished 10th on the combined FP1 and FP2 timesheets last Friday as the best Honda rider. He is 0.727 seconds behind his brother Aleix, who set the best time on Aprilia. It puts him 0.040s better than his teammate Marc Márquez (12th place)) is no consolation. For behind Aprilia, Ducati, KTM and Yamaha, Honda is only the fifth strength in Mugello.

“We are far from the top and we have to find something,” said Pol Espargaró. “In the afternoon we did a lot to get faster. Although the conditions were quite hot and difficult, we made progress. Everyone on the team works hard to solve the problems. If conditions change on Saturday, our situation may also look different. “

Thunderstorms have been forecast for Friday night in Mugello, and it may also rain and blow on Saturday and Sunday. That suited the Repsol Honda duo.

Results MotoGP Mugello combined times after FP2:

1. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 1: 45.891 minutes
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.049 sec
3.Miller, Ducati, +0.422
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.458
5. Marini, Ducati, +0.471
6. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.504
7. Brad Binder, KTM, +0.548
8. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.582
9. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.628
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.727
11. Martin, Ducati, +0.738
12. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.767
13. Nakagami, Honda, +0.711
14. Rins, Suzuki, +0.772
15. Oliveira, KTM, +0.927
16. Giannantonio, Ducati, +1,024
17. Vinales, Aprilia, +1.162
18. Alex Marquez, Honda, +1,260
19. Mir, Suzuki, +1.378
20. Pirro, Ducati, +1,541
21. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.577
22. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.692
23. Gardner, KTM, +1,793
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +1,796
25. Raul Fernandez, KTM, +2,107
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +2.197

MotoGP, Mugello, FP2:

1. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 1: 45.891 minutes
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.049 sec
3.Miller, Ducati, +0.422
4. Zarco, Ducati, +0.458
5. Marini, Ducati, +0.471
6. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.504
7. Brad Binder, KTM, +0.548
8. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.582
9. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.628
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.727
11. Martin, Ducati, +0.738
12. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.767
13. Rins, Suzuki, +0.772
14. Oliveira, KTM, +0.927
15. Nakagami, +0.961
16. Giannantonio, Ducati, +1,024
17. Vinales, Aprilia, +1.162
18. Alex Marquez, Honda, +1,260
19. Mir, Suzuki, +1.378
20. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.577
21. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.692
22. Gardner, KTM, +1,793
23. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +1,796
24. Pirro, Ducati, +1,835
25. Raul Fernandez, KTM, +2,107
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +2.197

MotoGP, Mugello, FP1:

1. Nakagami, Honda, 1: 46.662 min
2. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.408 sec
3. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.408
4. Rins, Suzuki, +0.409
5. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.524
6. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.529
7.Miller, Ducati, +0.653
8. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.705
9. Zarco, Ducati, +0.705
10. Marini, Ducati, +0.721
11. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.731
12. Pirro, Ducati, +0.770
13. Alex Marquez, Honda, +0,900
14. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.922
15. Mir, Suzuki, +0.996
16. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1.065
17. Brad Binder, KTM, +1,084
18. Oliverira, KTM, +1.158
19. Marc Marquez, Honda, +1,213
20. Martin, Ducati, +1.241
21. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.416
22. Savadori, Aprilia, +1.591
23. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +1.673
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +2.248
25. Raul Fernandez, KTM, +2.249
26. Remy Gardner, KTM, +2.298

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