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Smith and Espargaro head west for Texas showdown

Smith and Espargaro head west for Texas showdown

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will once again go into battle at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, for round two of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship.

The Texan circuit is an impressive track located near the state capital, Austin, which hosted its first MotoGP race last year in what was a fantastic spectacle in front of thousands of delighted fans.

This season’s event will see the young line up of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team take on the 5.5km circuit, which features fast sweeping curves and a huge elevation change of 41 metres, as the riders once again pursue closing the gap to the leading MotoGP bikes.

Smith will aim to be the leading satellite bike with his excellent qualifying and start at the opening round highlighting his potential for the season.

“I am really looking forward to the Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend in Texas,” commented the Englishman. “After a couple of weeks off since Qatar, I have refocused and am determined to carry on trying to challenge the front runners. The Yamaha feels really good this year and I am full of confidence, thanks to my team and a very strong pre-season.”

“It was an unfortunate end to the first race, but there are many positives to be taken from the experience, and I am looking forward to giving it my all at the Austin track where I scored my first championship points last year.”

Meanwhile, rookie Espargaro will aim to continue to gain experience and grow in confidence at his second premier class race with the Spanish rider now being again close to full fitness.

He stated, “I can’t wait to ride the Yamaha YZR-M1 around the Circuit of the Americas this week, as I think the fast corners will suit the style of the Yamaha, and I am eager to experience the bike on such a spectacular race track. I feel my shoulder is much better now and I am getting more used to the demands of a MotoGP bike after having adapted my riding style.”


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