Yesterday came the news of Marc Marquez who will miss the Portuguese GP as a result of a concussion he picked up while training on an off-road bike, and today Honda announced that Stefan Bradl will replace him in Portimao.
For the HRC test rider it will be an excellent opportunity to test some new things for next year in a race weekend, considering that in two weeks there will be the first tests of 2022 at Jerez. For the German rider it will be his fifth appearance in races this year, while last season he achieved his best result in Portugal, crossing the line in 7th position.
“First of all I hope Marc is recovering well and he can be back on track soon – said Bradl – I am looking forward to riding again as Portimao is an enjoyable circuit where we had a good result towards the end of 2020. It’s never easy to jump on the bike, but we have had a lot of good bike time this year between the races and testing.”
The Portuguese weekend will also be very important for Pol Espargarò, who thanks to a second place at Misano achieved his best result ever not only on a Honda but also in MotoGP. In the first GP of the season at Portimao, the Spaniard's race ended early due to a technical problem and he will have the opportunity to make up for it.
“We had a great weekend in Misano and we were able to show what we can do on the Honda but now we have a new challenge – declared Pol – Having already raced in Portugal this year will be good as we already have knowledge of the track but I think it could be a bit difficult this weekend compared to Misano. Conditions will be different compared to the last time here so we have to understand what adjustments we will need. The motivation is so high to push in these final rounds and reward the team again. I want to wish Marc a speedy recovery.”