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Continual improvements rewarding for Espargaró

Continual improvements rewarding for Espargaró

Eighth place at Mugello for the Pramac Racing rider was another step in his development in the premier class, and he was extremely happy with his second top-ten result of the season.

Aleix Espargaró’s progress in the premier class is gathering pace and he recorded his second consecutive top-ten finish of the season at Mugello on Sunday. The 20 year-old rookie placed eighth in the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM to continue his marked improvement in both fortunes and results.

Having experienced a difficult first two races of the campaign – a DNF in Qatar and 15th at Jerez – Espargaró stepped up a gear at Le Mans and took ninth place. Following that up with another impressive points haul at Mugello was a satisfying reward for the Catalan rider.

“It’s fantastic to finish inside the top ten again after Le Mans, which was a great race, but this one was so much better,” stated Espargaró. “At the start I was able to push hard on the first two laps which was the first time in MotoGP that I was able to be aggressive when riding the bike, and this is because my team did a great job during the weekend.”

Starting from ninth on the grid, his best qualification of the campaign to date, Espargaró and his Pramac crew saw the fruits of their labours throughout the weekend pay off with his race result.

“For the first practice session we had a lot of new things for the bike and at the beginning it was really difficult, but step by step we got to a good set-up for the qualifying and I was able to ride the bike very fast and also with ease,” he explained. “In the race it was the same feeling, I pushed from the start and caught Colin Edwards, and then kept pushing!”

“To finish inside the top ten is really good at the home race of my team, my boss, and my bike. We will try to continue finishing inside the top ten this season!” he concluded.

On the other side of the Pramac garage it was a more trying weekend for Mika Kallio who was forced to retire from the race after a crash on lap nine, bringing to an end a GP that was complicated by his injured shoulder.

"The pain I felt in my shoulder and some technical problems I encountered on Saturday morning didn't allow me to secure a good position on the grid,” said the Finn, who qualified in 15th. “We solved some problems during the warm-up and I found a considerable improvement in the handling of the bike. I started very well but in Turn 10 I closed the steering and I fell.”

“I wanted to give my best on this track because it is Pramac’s home circuit. I will work hard to prove my value in the coming races."

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Aleix Espargaro, Mika Kallio, Pramac Racing Team

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