Espargaro and Smith set for Montmelo assault

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith have both set their sights on further strong finishes at this weekend’s round seven of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship.

Heading into the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya rookie Espargaro intends to continue his recent impressive run of form at his home circuit - where he hopes to inch closer to the top three.

"My confidence is high as I feel that I am steadily improving my adaption to the MotoGP bike,” Espargaro comments. “In fact both my qualifying performances as well as my race pace have become much more competitive since the beginning of the season, especially in the last two races where I have consistently been in the top five. Therefore I truly hope I can continue this trend for the weekend.”

“In addition, I have had some great results here previously, for example last year in Moto2 where I started on pole before winning the race. So this weekend will for sure be one to remember for me in my first appearance on a MotoGP bike. I can't wait!”

Meanwhile, Smith will continue in his quest to become the leading satellite rider by battling for a confidence boosting result in Catalunya.

The Englishman stated, "The last Grand Prix at Mugello did not go exactly how I had planned and it was not a true representation of my race ability. We were just a bit unlucky which can sometimes happen to any rider, however I am confident as always and I know I can get a strong result this weekend. The Yamaha works well here and last season I got my joint best result of sixth in my rookie season. So this year I plan to up the stakes and finish higher.”

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