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Smith and Espargaro power to strong finishes in Malaysia

Smith and Espargaro power to strong finishes in Malaysia

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Bradley Smith fought through the challenging conditions in Sepang to finish in fifth place. His teammate Pol Espargaro rode through the pain barrier to sixth, with a broken bone in his foot.  

British rider Smith lined up in ninth on the grid and a determined ride to fifth saw him move up to seventh in the championship standings, concluding the three flyaway races with another strong result.

Meanwhile, Espargaro had fallen heavily in Saturday’s FP3 session and fractured the second head of the metatarsal in his left foot. However he battled against the odds to clinch sixth in the race and move up to sixth in the World Championship.

Smith commented, “It was a great result for us today after what was a really tough race and tricky weekend in general. We were never quite where we wanted to be in the practice sessions and qualifying on the third row didn't make our situation easier for today. Yet, to finish the race 20 seconds back from the leader in fifth is a strong result and better than what we predicated.”

“The team did a great job and the 5th goes well with the podium from last week, to mark a positive flyaway period for me.”

Espargaro added, “The race today was a really tough one for me, but I am very happy to walk away from here with a sixth place finish and some more valuable championship points, which was a much better result than what we anticipated after yesterday. Apart from my physical conditions, today was also really hard because we didn’t compete in FP4 yesterday and so we lost a lot of valuable time to work on the setup. Yet, the team did an amazing job to prepare a really good bike and I must thank them for their continued work all weekend long.”

 

Tags:
MotoGP, 2014, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP, Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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