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Bright start in Spain for Pol Espargaro

Bright start in Spain for Pol Espargaro

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Pol Espargaro signalled his intent for the weekend by completing the opening day of practice in sixth place in front of his home crowd at the MotorLand Aragon circuit.

The reigning Moto2™ World Champion began the day by finishing in eighth position with a best time of 1’50.120, which saw him miss the provisional second row by only 0.178s, after running strongly throughout the practice.

The 23 year-old rider continued his forward momentum in the afternoon as track temperatures increased and powered to a best lap of 1’48.966. The time was the sixth best of the day overall and was just behind the third placed rider by only two tenths of a second.

Espargaro commented, “Today was a really positive way to kick off the weekend for me. My feeling with the bike was good from the word go, which could partly be due to the fact that I’ve ridden a lot of races here, but for whatever reason all the movements felt truly natural. I was able to run competitive lap times which kept me on the virtual podium for the majority of the session this afternoon, but still I think Valentino and Jorge's rhythm might be a bit stronger and for sure they will get up to speed tomorrow.”

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Bradley Smith worked on establishing a comfortable setup of his Yamaha YZR-M1 before finishing in ninth place on the timesheet.

“I am pleased with the job we did today and especially in this afternoon’s session, we made a big step forward with the bike and have a definite direction to follow for the rest of the weekend,” said the Englishman. “We focused a lot on braking stability as well as my technique in order to be smoother and more consistent. I can safely say that we improved this and I certainly feel that we did a good job today.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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