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Pol Espargaro pleased to hit form ahead of home race

Pol Espargaro pleased to hit form ahead of home race

Belson Derbi rider Pol Espargaro has hit form at the perfect time, just ahead of his home race at the Circuit de Catalunya, walking distance from his hometown.

This weekend´s Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya is a big occasion for the numerous Catalan riders in the World Championship, but for one young man in particular the World Championship´s visit to Barcelona is particularly special moment.

Teenage Belson Derbi rider Pol Espargaro comes from the town of Granollers, just to the north of the Catalan capital and the shortest of drives to the scene of this weekend´s Grand Prix action.

The younger brother of Lotus Aprilia 250cc rider Aleix Espargaro, Pol made his World Championship debut in the Catalunya race two years ago, becoming the youngest ever rider to score points in a Grand Prix at the age of 15 years and 8 days, when he finished in 13th place as a wildcard. Last year he marked his sixteenth birthday on race day with a top five finish to delight the home crowd.

He will hope to celebrate his 17th birthday next Tuesday on the back of another good result having recently hit form with three top five finishes in succession in 2008. Indeed his third place at Mugello on Sunday was the second podium of his career and he crossed the line just 0.036s behind race winner Simone Corsi.

Espargaro has scored points in every round thus far in 2008 and currently sits sixth in the 125cc World Championship standings, ahead of such talented riders as Gabor Talmacsi, the reigning 125cc World Champion, Talmacsi´s Bancaja Aspar teammate Sergio Gadea and highly rated British youngster Bradley Smith (Polaris World).

After his two consecutive fourth places in China and France were followed up by his Mugello rostrum appearance, Espargaro commented, `I really wanted to get back on the podium and to be honest it has been hard work. But it has come just at the right time, less than a week before my home race, which is just next to where I live and where all my fans will come to watch.´

`I was so close to winning in Italy so I´m going to be arriving at Montmelo as motivated as ever,´ he added. `If I can go one better this time it will be perfect.´


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