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Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will confidently ride with full intent of clinching glory in the 8th round of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship at the legendary Assen track for the highly anticipated Iveco Daily TT Assen this week.
Pol Espargaro will be looking to hunt down and inch closer to the leading factory bikes at his first visit to the Dutch circuit on a MotoGP™ bike. Having attained some highly impressive results so far in his rookie season, the reigning 2013 Moto2™ world champion will be aiming to battle to another top five result.
"I am looking forward to getting the racing underway at this special circuit in the Netherlands this week," said Espargaro. "We had a really positive test day after the Catalunya Grand Prix which has given me a further confidence boost ahead of this round and for sure I am very keen to see the results of our experiments at the test in action. Last year the Dutch TT was a really strong event for me where I won the Moto2 race from pole position and although it may be hard to emulate that this year, I still aim to get close to the leading riders. Realistically, I am targeting to be in the top 5 again as I know this is fully achievable and even though the weather can be a bit tricky, I am ready to race in Assen."
On the other side of the garage, Bradley Smith undertook a thoroughly positive test after the Catalunya Grand Prix to finish in an outstanding second position and only a fraction behind the leading MotoGP™ bike, which leaves the British star elated as he will ride to reassert himself as the leading satellite bike in Holland.
"It’s safe to say that the past five rounds really haven’t been how I would have imagined them," Smith admits. "My lack of luck in the past races has made things challenging but after the truly productive test, I am certain my fortunes will turn around this week in Assen. I‘ve ridden well here in the past having collected a podium in the 125cc class as well as in Moto2 during my first year aboard the Tech3 Racing Moto2 bike. Moreover the track certainly suits the style of the Yamaha, which I aim to utilise fully to ensure that we have a positive weekend especially in front of the Dutch and English fans who are brilliant and truly love our sport coming to their country."
"For Pol we trust he can continue his excellent form from the first half of the season maybe creeping even closer to the front," states team manager Hervé Poncharal. "Bradley had a really strong test which we know has pumped him up for Assen where he has also performed very well in recent years, including aboard our Mistral 610 Moto2™ bike. Actually all, Pol, Bradley and the team come with great memories to this round after having achieved some fantastic results here in the past, such as the pole position and the podium finish from Cal last season. Therefore hopes and confidence are high and we will try our hardest to add a few more glory moments to our collection."
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