Honda’s Espargaro crashes while seeking podium in Argentina Moto GP

Team Honda pulls away from the pointless of a promising race here at Termas de Rio Hondo, Espargaro crashes out chasing the podium and Bradl finishes in the top 20. Argentina’s compressed Moto GP weekend s ended in front of a packed house on Sunday, with Team Honda suffering a disappointing end to the Grand Prix. The race started well for Pol Espargaro who propelled the Honda RC213V from fourth over the line and into the mix for the lead. Frantic action saw the number 44 fall back over the opening lap, but he and the Honda rallied to battle it out in fourth over the opening five laps.

A seventh lap error saw Espargaro fall behind Rins, but the pair worked together to close out the leading pair steadily. A mistake at Turn 2 would end his potential challenge on the podium and take away a solid fourth place. This is Espargaro’s first DNF since the Catalunya GP in 2021. He was unharmed in the fall. Stefan Bradl rode a conservative race to claim a 19th-place finish as he replaces Marc Marquez. The Honda HRC Test Rider chained a regular weekend to help the Honda team confirm a number of things, even with the unique weekend schedule.

Team Honda is now packing up and preparing to head north for the Americas GP in Austin, Texas. Pol Espargaro won’t have long to wait to bounce back with Round 4 coming just a week away. Takaaki Nakagami took Honda honors in 12th place while Honda Team Asia clinched their first Moto2 double podium as Somkiat Chantra followed up their maiden victory with a second place ahead of teammate Ai Ogura.

“The race started pretty well, I had a good launch and was in the lead group. I felt good but a mistake allowed Rins to pass me, then I recovered and pushed. to catch him and lead two We had a bumpy weekend but we made a good step in qualifying and then we were having a good race, it’s a race I should have finished because even fourth c was pretty good points. Then a few laps later I crashed at turn 2, I was pushing really hard to improve and it’s a shame we crashed. Our potential this year is really high and only take four points in two races is not what we are here to do. Luckily we can start again in a week,” said Honda rider Pol Espargaro. “I had a good start to the race but I made a mistake in the first corner, I was a bit too aggressive and then made another mistake a few laps later. Small mistakes that eventually got us cost places and kept me from staying in the front group to fight for something more, closer to Alex probably It’s all part of the process when you come back to MotoGP, and it was particularly difficult this weekend -end with the calendar and one day less,” said Honda rider Stefan Bradl. (ANI)

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Helen L. Cuellar