Pol Espargaro produced a stellar display to clinch sixth position at Silverstone, but his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith had his home round ruined due to a cracked rear wheel.
Espargaro kicked off proceedings from eighth on the grid to finish the opening lap in ninth. His strong pace saw him continuously close down the pack and surge to eventually cross the finish line in sixth position.
Home hero Smith suffered bad luck after undertaking a bright start but then entering the pits on lap 12 due to a cracked rear wheel. The Tech 3 rider had an unusual feeling in the rear section of his bike, which transpired to be a broken rim. Yet the British star persevered to the delight of his fans and headed back out on track to once again set competitive times before finishing in 22nd position due to the unscheduled pit stop.
Espargaro commented, “All in all I have to be pleased with sixth position today as the beginning of the race was not an easy one. It took me quite a while to find my rhythm because we went for a bit of a gamble with running the harder front tyre which we never tried during the whole weekend and I was losing a bit of time just after the start. Luckily the longer the race lasted, the more we were able to recover and I managed to pass the riders in front of me. Still this is not where we want to be as the gap to the leader is quite big, but we will continue to work to be stronger in Italy for the next round of the Championship."
Smith lamented, "Obviously I didn’t end up in the position that I had hoped for this weekend. Unfortunately, we had a cracked wheel in the race but we don’t know exactly when or why it happened. I tried to stay out and fight through it but it just got too dangerous to ride. When we changed it, I proved that I have the pace for sixth. It was a good weekend up until the race and the team did a great job, but these things happen sometimes.”