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Espargaro and Smith raring to go at round six

Espargaro and Smith raring to go at round six

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team’s Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will once again fight to finish round six of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship in strong positions at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM.

The action will commence this Friday at the picturesque, twisting circuit, located 30km northeast of Firenze. The historic track is a popular event for spectators and riders alike featuring six left hand corners and nine right of varying degrees and speed.

Rookie Espargaro will look to build on his best premier class result to date of fourth at the Tech3 team’s home GP of Le Mans by continuing his learning process on a MotoGP bike at Mugello.

He stated, “I am excited to ride at Mugello which is a track I thoroughly enjoy and one that will suit the Yamaha YZR-M1 favourably due to it’s sweeping and fast flowing corners. However it looks like it will rain during the weekend which could be tricky as I have not ridden in the wet on a MotoGP bike before.”

“As always I will aim to learn as much as possible especially in the damp conditions and will focus on getting a strong setup so that I can be as prepared as possible for the race at this technical and demanding circuit. I qualified on pole here in Moto2 in 2012 and scored three podiums in the 125 and Moto2 classes so I look forward to building on my experience.”

Meanwhile, Smith, who holds the track in high regard, will look to add to his history of convincing results at the famous Tuscan track - and battle inside the top five.

“After a tricky race at Le Mans I am ready and excited for Mugello which is one of my favourite tracks,” said the Englishman. “I really like the nature of the circuit plus Yamaha is the most successful MotoGP manufacturer at this track so we must feel confident. I won from pole position in 2009 in the 125 class and also qualified on the front row before clinching third in 2011 on the Tech3 Moto2 bike, so I know I can ride well here.”

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