Espargaro impresses again in fifth

Espargaro impresses again in fifth
Sunday, 1 June 2014

Pol Espargaro delivered another impressive performance at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM - in fifth place at the end of an exciting MotoGP™ race.

The reigning Moto2™ World champion began from fifth place on the grid and found himself in the leading group, maintaining the same position for the opening laps. As he settled into race pace, the Spaniard kept fighting with Andrea Dovisioso and Dani Pedrosa.

Honda rider Pedrosa eventually overtook Espargaro, before the rookie remained calm and seized fifth position back by passing Andrea Iannone on lap 18.

Espargaro then put his head down and set some consistent lap times to ensure that the chasing Dovizioso could not threaten him. Espargaro’s determined efforts saw him cross the line only a second and a half back from Pedrosa’s fourth position.

Fifth place at Mugello elevates him to sixth position in the point standings and sees him as leading ‘non-factory’ MotoGP™ rider so far in the 2014 Championship.

Looking back on the race the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider said, “Obviously I have to be really happy with today’s result. We managed to finish ‘best of the rest’ just behind the four factory bikes which is a great achievement. I struggled a lot to pass the Ducati of Iannone so unfortunately Dani was already too far ahead and even if I tried to catch him I could not close the gap completely.”

“But I think altogether we really have to be proud of the work done so far, especially considering how the weekend went with two crashes and one session less due to the weather on Friday. The team did a great job and I really want to thank them as we were able to repeat the good form from Le Mans. Now we will head full of confidence to my home race in Catalunya where I will give it my all to be even closer to the front than today,” he added.

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