Smith and Espargaro ready for Tech3’s home round

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro are aiming to fly high this weekend at their team's home round - the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

Smith’s recent form has seen him flirt with the accolade of the leading satellite bike in the opening races, and he will be looking to finish in the top five at Le Mans.

"After a quite satisfying start to the year in terms of results, I am fully confident of battling for a positive finish at the team's home Grand Prix," comments the Englishman. "We had a useful post race test in Jerez and found some valuable information, which will aid my riding and setup. I rode to my first ever podium here in the 125 class in 2007, so Le Mans holds some good memories for me and I intend to create some more here this round."

"It's a really technical and demanding track, however I enjoy a lot riding here and even if there is still a little work to be done, I am certain to put on a good show for the team this weekend."

Meanwhile, rookie Espargaro will look to continue the solid start to his MotoGP™ career and aims to collect his fourth top ten finish, as he consistently battles against established riders in the top half of the field.

He added, "I won the race here in 2010 in the 125 class, and have always enjoyed the circuit. I am still learning step by step, but am feeling really confident, especially after testing a few things on the bike in the test after the Jerez race. I feel very optimistic in achieving a good result in front of the team's fans and am excited to see what I can do aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 at Le Mans."

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