Aleix Espargaro demonstrated his prowess as he emerged victorious from a thrilling four-rider battle at a windy and showery Silverstone to claim the British Grand Prix title. The Catalan rider secured his second career win by a narrow margin of less than 0.8 seconds, outperforming all three of his close competitors. European manufacturers continued to dominate MotoGP, maintaining their stronghold in the series.
Despite challenging conditions with cool temperatures and brief light rain, making high-speed maneuvers on slick tires perilous, the 34-year-old racer showcased exceptional skill. He executed a daring move, overtaking world champion Pecco Bagnaia into Maggotts curve on the final lap to secure the top spot.
“I was super-committed, braked very late, and accelerated better than him,” Espargaro said, beaming with joy after the race.
Franco Morbidelli’s Monster Energy Yamaha achieved the highest position among Japanese bikes, finishing 14th. The results emphasized the growing gap between European and Japanese manufacturers in the MotoGP series. Until Ducati’s victory in 2022, Japanese brands had dominated MotoGP almost every year since 1975. However, Honda and Yamaha have only managed to secure two podium finishes between them in nine races, with just one win since June 2022.
Ducati holds significant weight in MotoGP, but Aprilia has proven to be the most proactive brand. The Italian manufacturer is already developing a full carbon chassis and introduced a new fairing that benefited Espargaro’s performance at Silverstone. Impressively, three Aprilia RS-GPs finished in the top five positions.
Espargaro acknowledged the importance of the fairing upgrade, stating, “I felt like I could close the corners better and pick up the bike a bit earlier. It was the key, and I had a lot of traction. Our bike is very competitive but not the best one, so hopefully, we can one day arrive to be the reference.”