2021 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Three Parties In Silverstone

Although stands were sensibly full, the one spectator who did not turn up in Silverstone as expected was the sun, temperatures lower than predicted as riders lined up on the grid. That did not stop the premier class from putting on a show on their long-awaited return to the British GP and Fabio Quartararo perhaps predictably served a faultless ride to become the seventh different winner in the last seven visits to Silverstone. The Frenchman brought Yamaha back to the limelight on British soil after 20 impressive laps but the rest of the podium men had plenty to celebrate too. Having started 10th on the grid, Alex Rins pulled off another of his comebacks to claim his first podium of the season, but perhaps the biggest cheer in pitlane came from the Aprilia box, after Aleix Espargaro rode a feisty last lap to secure their first podium in MotoGP.

The hierarchy looked a little different at the start of those 20 laps, when surprise poleman Pol Espargaro kept the lead into turn 1, closely followed by Quartararo, Aleix Espargaro, Pecco Bagnaia, Marc Marquez and Jorge Martin. Although the Ducatis had made a nervy start, they quickly recovered their original positions. The poleman had extended a half second gap immediately from brother Aleix, Bagnaia and Quartararo, who traded places a few times on that first lap, but the threat from Marquez and Martin never materialised as the Spanish duo tangled and ended their race at turn 9. That promoted Jack Miller to 5th place ahead of Valentino Rossi and the two Suzukis. Johann Zarco was one second behind the chasing group and ahead of Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez, who made solid progress from 17th on the grid to knock on the doors of the top 10 early on, together with Brad Binder.

Back at the front, Aleix Espargaro had reeled in his brother by lap 3 and attacked him at Stowe but the overly optimistic move dropped him back to second. Meanwhile, Quartararo got past Bagnaia and set off for the Espargaros, leaving the factory Ducatis in the company of Joan Mir. Both Suzukis had gotten past Rossi at this stage, who was soon getting harassed by the LCR men and was starting to fade.

Quartararo soon broke up the Espargaro party as he got past Aleix one lap later and broke away from the chasers in his pursuit of the poleman. Pol Espargaro lost the lead on lap 5, at Farm curve, and Quartararo immediately attempted to stretch a gap at the front, getting a one second advantage over the next half a lap. Aleix became his closest Espargaro after he got past his brother one lap later, but the Aprilia man could not keep up with the Yamaha’s pace and the gap to the leader continued to increase. The Espargaros also had a sizeable group behind them, including the Suzukis and the factory Ducatis, who had an advantage of 1.5 seconds on the remaining Marquez and Rossi.

Quartararo continued to steadily increase his lead, up to 2 seconds over Aleix by lap 8, while Pol got pushed off the provisional podium by Rins. Status quo was maintained to the halfway point of the race, with no moves made in the top 10, but Mir and the Ducatis seemed to be losing touch with the podium battle. Rins became the favourite in that particular battle when he attacked for second with 9 laps remaining, helped by Aleix Espargaro running wide and leaving the siblings to duel it out for the final podium position. One second behind, Miller took up the pursuit from Mir and less than two seconds behind, Alex Marquez got past a quickly fading Bagnaia for seventh place.

While Quartararo was managing a three second gap to Rins, the Suzuki man couldn’t shake off the Espargaros and Miller also joined the party for the final 7 laps, leaving Mir over two seconds behind. A mistake from Pol Espargaro at Stowe made things easier for Miller, who claimed fourth, but finding a way past Aleix proved more difficult, the Aprilia man keeping the Ducati behind until the final lap.

While Fabio wrapped up his cruise to victory, Rins, Aleix Espargaro and Miller started that final lap in close proximity and the pressure was on the Aprilia man to defend a precious podium from Miller. The Australian had one try to overtake but Aleix retaliated immediately at turn 14 and defended beautifully to secure third place at the checkered flag. Pol Espargaro finished four seconds later in fifth, with Binder pulling off another late comeback to make it six manufacturers in the top six. The KTM man had caught up with Mir with three laps remaining and the reigning world champion also got demoted by Iker Lecuona and Alex Marquez, dropping him to 9th place.

Quartararo’s masterful display coupled with underwhelming results for his closest challengers in the championship standings sees the Frenchman extend his advantage to 65 points from Mir. Zarco, who finished 11th, is 69 points behind his compatriot, while Bagnaia’s 14th place finish dropped him to fourth, another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 40'20.579
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +2.663
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +4.105
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati +4.254
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +8.462
6 33 Brad Binder KTM +12.189
7 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +13.560
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda +14.044
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +16.226
10 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +16.287
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +16.339
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +17.696
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +18.285
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +20.913
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati +21.018
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +22.022
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha +23.232
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +29.758
19 96 Jake Dixon Yamaha +50.845
Not Classified
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati 19 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 0 Lap
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2021
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Interesting!

Aprilia's first podium in 4 stroke era, fantastic. Mav on the bike Tuesday. Fending off charging Ducati power wielding Miller was brilliant! The cut back under re-pass in particular. Was anyone else concerned Jack was going to blast past on the beans? The Aprilia did the business, nice motor. It looks more settled on the limit than a couple years ago for sure. 

Which dovetails with the biggest Silly reveal, Andrea Dovisioso to Aqua now to cover for Morbidelli, then a FACTORY 2022 bike. How interesting is that?! Italian main sponsor WithU (jumping from the VR46 ship?). Chances on the old A Spec customer bike not so good of course. But Dovi gets back up to speed with little pressure, settles in. Then just a few months until Winter Tests and he can hit high gear. The fact that it is a top kit bike is such good news. How good? Well, Dovi will get to show us if he has another bloom in him. Quarty is a humbling measuring stick, but it is game on. Does this mean Dovi has to split with Red Bull? Bet so. A bit odd that there is a personal sponsor turf war of this nature.

Morbidelli is going to the Factory team THIS season when he is fit enough as per Jarvis today, they hope Misano. Last piece yet to click is Darryn Binder on the customer A Spec learner bike for the kids. 

Wanted to see Martin's race, too bad. Re-watched with slow motion, looks a racing incident. Martin misses his line, then Marc is greedy grabbing one. That was an uncalled for dive, no pass avail on the inside there for Marc. And it was MARTIN that had pace more than Marc, so he got robbed. Wish I could find overhead view. Marc has been in quite a few bump and plough early corner incidents lately, not feeling particularly sympathetic. Would have hoped for Mir to be where Rins was for the points haul. 

Cal's comments about the bike after Q were a bit confusing...it is a good bike but I feel uncomfortable and it is very unstable, shaking everywhere. Hoped for a bit more today. Not easy to jump from bike to bike and be at speed. Curious how tire wear looked post race, too bad it is secret. Mir and Bagnaia both looked to have a drop off. Binder looks to have a familiar way of doing things, nice race. Not hearing much from Oliveira, but his right wrist is evidently compromised still. I really thought we were going to feature more Orange after their bike development gain a bit ago, cheering them on.

Fabio has very good footing for a guy hobbling around all weekend. Very impressive. Nice lead.

Top 5 moments (6 mins)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf9tlNF5_mE

I'm not sure what I was more surprised at: Alexi/Aprilia on the podium, or Mir's performance. I really thought he had a chance to podium...as no one was gonna give Quart a run. I was hoping for Pol to podium, but....anyone know why his team was really looking/studying his rear tire?

From FP1 it was clear to me that Mir wouldn't feature at the sharp end come Sunday. Can't imagine it's all because it was his first go at Silverstone on the big bike. Results were never that good there in lower classes, should be able to surpass that though. Too bad. Comments about the championship post race wren't that optimistic either. Never a good sign...

Marc Mayhem should be starting from the back row next race. That move on Jorge Martin was stupid, stupid, stupid. I think he was miffed that Martin had passed him earlier so he decided to bump him off track. Stupid move that needs a big penalty. Marquez is a menace when he's upset. There needs to be a big penalty as he did the same thing to Aleix last race - first contact = racing incident, 2nd contact Marc punted him across the green. I'm sick of it. Marc is allowed to get away with mayhem that should and would be punished if were someone else. Completely unimpressed with MM93, just a punk doing punk-assed things. 

Fabio has one hand on the trophy. He learns from every mistake and shortcoming - doesn't appear he'll have the issues he had last year with the pressure. Mir and Pecco stepped aside today giving Fabio a nice path to the WC.

I agree. You could argue that either bump with Martin was "a racing incident", but it's happened way too often to consider them all just chance. Too bad he's who he is, Dorna will never sanction him.

Hey Brian - I agree with your assessment of MM's actions - still I don't think that putting a pissed off MM at the back of the field is a great solution. Wasn't that what happened a few years ago at Argentina - not good memories? It seems like he is actually pretty hopeless at overtaking, perhaps because he has less practice at it than we might imagine owing to all that front running. But, surely, something does have to be done cause it's getting really old now. Agree totally about Fabio, though I think that Yamaha's having a better more stable year is really helping him evolve. But he is head and shoulders above the field IMHO. 

I think you might be correct. Argentina showed us what he'll do when he doesn't get his own way all the time. I do LOVE that Jorge Martin said he hopes Marc learns from this. A rookie telling the 8 time champ how to race is awesome. Especially since it wouldn't surprise me if JM89 wins multiple chips while Marc is still on the grid.

I've never been happy with some of Marcs more aggressive overtakes. However, the guy has cut through more fields than a combine harvester, made more riders look slow and amateurish than any other rider i can remember. I mean where do you start ? Maybe he has more 'bad' moves to his name because he has many times more 'moves' to his name. Valencia 2012, Japan 2012, Jerez 2020 and the list goes on. People bring up Argentina because of a couple of really bad moves and one or two scrappy moves. What about the other dozen ? Martin can well sit there and talk about learning. He's riding the crest of a wave at the moment but his time will come as it does for all the riders and he too will be wiping someone out in a fairly stupid manner. I bet he knows that's a possibility too.

That is not to say that what happened on Sunday was completely innocent. Marquez messed up. I also think he was planning on running Martin out wide and wasn't expecting Martin to bite into the turn as much as he did...But...'pretty hopeless at overtaking, perhaps because he has less practice at it than we might imagine owing to all that front running'...I must have been watching a different Marquez.

Many, many racers would finish higher if they just pushed everyone out of their way. Getting stuck behind someone slower is an occupational hazard that MM doesn't seem willing to accept to the extent everyone else does. No one has the 'right' to be ahead of someone even if they are faster. A pass must be made that doesn't ruin anyone's race. Marc has shown utter contempt for the other racers more times than I can count and I have loathed him because of it. He has talent but no more than many other racers I've seen. If he had been on track with Wayne Gardner or King Kenny or dozens of others he'd have been taught some respect instead of being allowed to run riot because he's cute. If he had been shown the proper way to race early on he might not have all those trophies. I remain unimpressed by MM the person while being amazed at his talent. And I would like never to see his or anyone else's daddy again! :-))

I always enjoy your comments. I almost always find myself on the oppo side but that is what makes for interesting convos. Cheers!

Cheers back Brian !

I hate block passes. I hate block passes. I remember too many Marquez block passes on poor old Pol in 2012 and I cheered on Pol because of it. I also accept that I'm just old fashioned and prefer a veneer of cleanliness to my racing. That old and great idea of sportsmanship.

Sporting ideals are of the mind and not reality unfortunately. Imagine the rules of war being applied to firefight, nice idea, zero chance of becoming a reality, the result is all that matters. Look at athletes, this one is a drugs cheat, this one isn't...difference ? Rule book, they're both doping it's just one method or substance isn't banned or one athlete has a runny nose, the other not. The idea of an ancient Olympian moral and ethical code is gone. Of course the ancient Greeks were probably throwing sand in each others eyes but hey, ideals vs reality.

Marc does show a level of contempt for his on track buddies. However, I wonder about Doohan deliberately kicking dirt up into the path of following riders, about Rossi Gibernau or Rossi Stoner, Lorenzo Pedrosa Valencia, Mir's 'sorry i have to take big risks to overtake' moves, Zarco's dive bombs in PI etc. All dodgy from my perspective but I'm not competing, maybe his level of contempt is a healthy level for the sport. The goal is to win, not to be well thought of. That would just be a nice addition. I don't think it's about having a right to be ahead of a slower rider. I think it's an obstacle to achieving the desired result. The crowds, the team (!) don't applaud because they see something akin to the Red Baron flying up alongside a defeated enemy plane saluting his opponent. Rather they scream and jump around like mad people when the job is done. Ahhh ok it's not so perfect, we obviously would have preferred that this, that etc and all...but jumping and screaming in joy nonetheless. 

Marc races the way he does because it serves him well. It wouldn't serve most of the riders so well because they cannot pull it off. Do you remember Dovi in Austria, that last corner dive up the inside of Marquez ? Dovi was elated to do it. He said it himself, to do that, take that chance and win. Not normally a Dovi thing to do. Dovi races the way he does because it has served him well. If he could do what Marquez does and win more...he would. Lets see how Martin behaves when he needs to...when he should do x but maybe needs to do y.

Possibly the biggest mistake Marc made on Sunday was to take the chance when it didn't really matter, lap one. What i read these days on social media about anything Marc does is all about bringing down the king. 'He's not the same rider, the anterior compartment of the left hand wardrobe spring dongle will never heal properly, i know I'm an electrician and it happened to me once while i was picking flowers'. AGH.

btw...Any takers on who would teach '2021 Wayne' a lesson if it was he taking the piss ?

I race almost every weekend.  I'm just an amateur racer, but one of the things I love about the motorcycle racing paddocks is the respect amongst competitors.  If there is a gap, I'm going for it.  And I expect my adversaries to do the same on me.  But if there's a decent chance I would take him or her out, I wait for a better opportunity.  I will do ably thing to win, aside cripple a competitor.  And I know they hold the same standards as me.  That's the beauty of racing a motorcycle.  MM seeems yo forget that from time to time.  I understand the fury and the self-belief he possesses, but it's the lack of respect for his fellow competitors that tarnishes his extraordinary riding.  It's propbbably also the reason he has come so far in his career.   

This is the only forum I visit that I bother reading comments. Lots of intelligent, thoughtful folks here, most of whom seem to have raced and have some idea what it's all about. Good fun to read after every race. I try to keep my own comments to the point, and hope I do!

Have to say I agree with Brian here. Marquez does get away with aggressive and often dangerous moves that others who do the same are penalized for. I also make a distinction for the moves we have all seen many, many time in motogp, where the rider behind makes some crazy dive under the rider in front , but the rider in front is aware of the move in time to avoid being rammed, and the race goes on. Any racer will take evasive action in those situations rather than crash. Marc's victims often do not have that opportunity.

Wavey, at the risk of oversimplifying, your argument seems to be a) other racers do it too, and b) winning is everything, the end justifies the means. I'm no Gerloff fan, but as an example, he has been penalized--and ostracized--for behavior no worse than Marc's.

It's allowed though. They let it happen. Very few ever get penalized in MotoGP. It's just racing. It gets to be a bit much with Marquez not so much for the move itself but because he dominates his rivals to such an extent it's almost like bullying. Not all of it might be admired but certainly viewed with envy.

It wasn't so much an argument, more of an observation. I think I just got going and worded it more as a narrative, my inner Morgan Freeman took over.

Congratulations to A. Espargaro and Aprilia on their first podium together. Well earned.

Good on Marquez for owning up to and apologizing for his mistake during the race. Said he went for the gap and was unable to control the bike. It was a right-hand corner. How much can be attributed to a difficult to control machine or possibly the limited physical capability of the rider is an unknown. He has also recently said he only knows one way how to ride--his style. Maybe a race penalty would encourage him to reflect on his riding philosophy.

If the rider/team/manufacturer's approach to each and every race weekend has brought them to a 60 something point lead in the championship, why would they change that approach moving forward? Quartararo does not care who his teammate is, be it Viñales or Morbidelli. The guy is focused on the feeling with the bike (he keeps mentioning the front), and the environment in his pitbox. He's full of confidence and riding a wave of good vibes. Keep at it Fabio.

Mir's comments post Austria concerning the pressure starting to get to Quartararo seemed to come back to haunt Mir. He was the one that looked like a man that was under pressure after the race at Silverstone. Pressure he himself created? Possibly through his intention? Almost as if life were a mirror.

The competition is so tight, the margins are so small, and the details so critical that it's hard to point the finger at the reason when inconsistencies appear. Rossi still has no answer (to the media) for the loss of rear tire grip he has been plagued with for a few years. 

Trivia! The FIM name change and first World Championship Grand Prix occurred in '49. And it has been 49 years since six manufacturers finished in the top six places of a Grand Prix race. Funny!

It drives me nuts, whenever Rossi says he has rear end issues late in the race and they don't know why. Of course he knows why, at his age, he can no longer move around on the bike like he needs to, and makes up for it by overstressing the tire.

 Anybody who has is older and still races understands this.

 How many riders will MM ram into before he gets any sort of anything? It must be hard for him to accept that he will never be the same MM as he was ...which was fast as h#ll. He had outright speed and could just blitz the field .... now he does not combined with subpar race craft compared to the rivals on the grid...why do you think Dovi got him so many times head to head?

      Hey Freddie...get some balls and do something.

 I wonder what KR SR would have done back in the day?

I vote Lecuona for the 2nd satellite Yamaha seat. And what is up with Pecco, if I was his management, I'd lash him for handing the title to Fabio in post race comments.

Iker is so young, the youngest in the grid in fact! He's really coming on and you're right, would be a good choice to continue learning..

Am I being cynical if I suggest Lecuona has only hit form when looking for a new job or contract, Toni Elias-style?

at that and you're right Iker-like so many others in history -is looking at his reflection in the shop window! Why I feel he's worth someone's consideration is the fact he was thrown in at the deep end too young, is still young and if Danilo is classed as experienced, big-boned or not-he's a very promising piece of putty for an experienced crew chief to mould, and there's a glut of fired Maverick ones out there..

Given all the recent rider ups and downs (not talking crashes, here, and not just today), and varying comments from different riders about the same tire -- check out the comments and results on the soft front today -- I'm coming to believe that Michelin has a serious quality control problem.

But in the past I've put it down to sour grapes or perhaps the occasional bad tire. Seems to be happening more and more.

They are having a laugh back at the factory.

"Lets see if pecco can even FINISH with this brick of a front!"

Or...

There's an in-house betting pool on who gets the random "easter egg" duff tire sprinkled into the allotment .

Potential (good) bombshell news...

The Saudi regime may be pulling out of their $18 million offer to fund VR46 MotoGP. Evidently they are unhappy about being stuck with Bezz and Marini, they really thought they could get Vale AND force him to perform. Nope. 

VR46 "has a Plan B," although they may end up only having funds for 2021 bikes instead of the planned 2022s. Good for the sport! We may have dodged a fundamentalist meat carver. 

Serves you right Vale, nightmare dealings. Now get your ducks back in a row and try again. And if customer Ducs are all you can afford, dig deeper. It was a lazy greedy selfish grab in the first place. You may be unhappy now, but retaining dignity and an untarnished legacy is WELL worth it. 

Are you SURE you don't want to merge with the 2nd Yamaha Team?! It is looking quite Italian all of a sudden, they could be WithU. Or perhaps Suzuki can muster up something to secure the lower class pipeline? 

Good riddance "Prince" Ahole! Fingers crossed.

 

"...to be confirmed Aug 31st." Hope so.

What a perfect shite show! I love it. Best possible outcome. Put on your sheist eye protection, it may be exploding this week. 

Excellent!

Never heard of Mister Helmet before, but if this pans out to being true...what a colossal blunder by VR46. Given the unexpected mid-season rider shuffle, who'da thunk that there were more juicy shockwaves on the horizon. But the hits keep coming? 

Waiting to see how Morbidelli, Viñales and Dovizioso get on with their new steeds. And the Saudi deal (never existed?).

Freakin' hilarious. Even the wife is laughing.