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Pol Espargaro wins plaudits in Jerez

Pol Espargaro wins plaudits in Jerez

One of the most impressive performances of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España weekend was 15 year-old Pol Espargaro's sensational fourth placed finish in the 125cc Grand Prix.

One of the most impressive performances of the Gran Premio bwin.com de España weekend was 15 year-old Pol Espargaro's sensational fourth placed finish in the 125cc Grand Prix.

Espargaro had a brilliant race at the southern Spanish circuit much to the delight of the 130,000 plus spectators packed into the stands, to put himself into fourth in the 125cc World Championship standings - after a similarly commendable seventh placed finish in Qatar.

The Belson Campetella Aprilia rider's performance was perhaps the best individual display of the entire Jerez weekend, and was particularly special in front of the dedicated and knowledgeable Spanish racing enthusiasts looking on from the crowd.

Spain's bike mad public, and indeed the millions of television viewers around the globe, cannot failed to have been impressed by Espargaro's spectacular start in which he tore forward from seventh on the grid to second place on the first corner.

He remained right at the front during the first few laps before settling into a second group, which included Tomoyoshi Koyama, Sergio Gadea and Pablo Nieto and more than held his own for the rest of the race. Koyama's crash saw him drop out of contention and Espargaro slipped past Gadea and Nieto to finish just behind Hector Faubel for his best ever Grand Prix result.

After the race a delighted Espargaro proclaimed: "I enjoyed it immensely. It was a very hard race and I worked really hard, particularly on the corners where I had to take a few risks to make up for my lack of speed on the straights. On Friday we made a poor start, with 21st place in qualifying, and to end up fourth in the race is amazing, a dream come true."

"At the start of the race I got myself into second place like at Valencia last year, but today I managed to stay with the front group for longer and I've learned loads. At the end I got past Gadea and Nieto on the brakes, getting through while they were looking at each other. I want to dedicate this result to my friend Ricki Cardus, who was injured a few days ago and I hope that we see him back on his bike soon."

Before Jerez the teenager from Barcelona's best result was sixth place at the final Grand Prix of last year in Valencia, having made history as a wildcard at Catalunya in June when he finished 13th to become the youngest ever point scorer in a Grand Prix at the age of just 15 years and eight days.

The younger brother of BQR 250 rider Aleix Espargaro, Pol last year won five consecutive races in the Spanish 125cc Championship to become national champion before joining Belson Campetella Aprilia for a full-time ride this year.

If the evidence of his first two outings in 2007 are anything to go by the gifted younger Espargaro will be one of the main riders to watch this season and is sure to be a hot favourite for the 125cc ‘Rookie of the Year' award.

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125cc, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA, Aleix Espargaro

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