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Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro won a race long battle against his brother at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana for sixth in the race and sixth overall.
Starting from sixth on the grid Pol Espargaro made a solid start and quickly became involved in a battle with Bradley Smith (Yamaha Monster Tech 3) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing). The younger Espargaro brother was confident having finished Warm Up second and was also able to follow the Factory Ducati pair in the early stages.
Spells of rain throughout the race caused Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaga MotoGP) to change tyres, a gamble that did not pay off. This promoted Pol Espargaro to sixth as he and his brother broke away from Smith, who later crashed.
A gap of 0.284s separated the brothers at the line with Pol Espargaro’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 crossing the line ahead. This result secures sixth in the championship for the MotoGP Rookie of the Year. He also finishes as top satellite rider, with teammate Bradley Smith eighth in the standings.
Espargaro commented, “I can't help but be slightly disappointed about our result today. The second row was a solid position to start the race from and this morning with a full fuel load and used tyres I finished second in the warm up, so I think we were really prepared for the last race of the season. However, just like many other times this year, the rain came right at the start of the race and ruined our hopes. I am still not very experienced riding in the slight wet conditions with the slick tyres but today I couldn't risk too much,” explained the younger Espargaro.
He continued, “I had Bradley and my brother close to me on the track, who I was fighting with for sixth place in the championship, so I had to think about the end result as well as finishing the race without any mistakes. I still ended my rookie year as the best non-factory rider, which had to be our aim, so I'm truly pleased with what we achieved. I want to say a huge thanks to the team for all their work as well as patience in teaching and supporting me this year. On Monday we'll kick off preparations for 2015 and I'm already excited to try our new parts.”
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