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Espargaró admits that pace must improve

Pol Espargaró was thrilled to have achieved both pole position and victory for the opening Moto2™ race of the year in Qatar, but acknowledges the fact that Tuenti HP 40 must enjoy constant improvements to seal this year’s title.

Espargaró, younger brother of 2012 MotoGP™ CRT Champion Aleix, has for many been a Moto2 title favourite since long before the start of the season. He triumphed in Sunday night’s race after a spirited fight with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding.

"Incredible - the first 25 points," Espargaró told during a video interview. "It’s amazing for us and we did an incredible job. We didn’t have a good rhythm for all of the race but we improved a little bit to try and take those 25 points. I’m so happy. Thanks to my team - because they’re doing a great job.

"We have to improve a little bit because a lot of riders are so strong, but we are there. Someone said to me that Texas is a fun circuit, but we will go there to enjoy it and try and take the 25 points – at least to be on the podium."

Espargaró was last year’s Moto2™ runner-up to the dominant Marc Márquez, who is now racing in MotoGP™ for Repsol Honda Team and finished third at Losail.

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