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Pol Espargaro surges through field to seventh

Pol Espargaro surges through field to seventh

Pol Espargaro finished in seventh position in Germany on Sunday, having battled through the field after starting the race from pit lane.

Rain fell minutes before the start of the 30-lap sprint at the Sachsenring, deeming the race as wet but as track conditions improved and dried quickly, the rookie opted to switch to his bike with the dry setting along with the majority of the grid just after the Warm Up lap.

The young Spaniard completed his first lap in 21st position, but confidently began ascending up the order as the race progressed. With three laps remaining he had made his way up to eighth but the 23 year-old did not stop there and performed a superbly executed move on Cal Crutchlow at turn 12 to snare seventh, before completing the tricky 30 lap race in this position.

Espargaro stated, "Due to my lack of experience with the bike in slightly wet conditions I was very cautious during the opening laps and it took me a bit of time to find the right rhythm. Also, the track lacks overtaking opportunities due to its nature and so this didn’t help also. It’s a real pity as my pace would have allowed us to battle for a top five result but luck was not on our side. Nevertheless, I learnt a lot today and after a few weeks off, we will be back even stronger for the start of the second half of the season at Indy. "

Meanwhile, Bradley Smith’s challenging weekend drew to an unfortunate close today with the young British rider falling in the opening laps – a fifth crash of the visit to Germany - before he remounted to complete the race outside the points in 19th position.

Smith admitted, "Today was a big disappointment for me as I was feeling good and knew that I was capable of a strong result here but in the end the crash was all my fault. I got up the inside of Mike Di Meglio and overtook him but as he came back to the apex, I ran onto the inside of the curb, which was still damp, and fell. Of course, it’s a big frustration as the bike, tyres and setting all felt positive."

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MotoGP, 2014, eni MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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