Solid results for Tech 3 pair at Brickyard

Solid results for Tech 3 pair at Brickyard
Monday, 11 August 2014

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith both achieved top six finishes at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Espargaro began the race from sixth on the grid after a successful qualifying campaign and rocketed forward to be close to the leading MotoGP™ bikes for the opening lap. On the seventh lap, Espargaro set into a rhythm matching the times of the leading five.

The Moto2™ World Champion rapidly closed down the sixth place of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Ducati) and passed him. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and the rookie Tech 3 rider spent the closing laps battling for fifth, the younger Espargaro brother eventually overcoming the factory rider.

Smith was able to bounce back from a fall on Saturday in which he damaged a finger. The 23 year-old Briton began from ninth position on the grid before launching himself up to eighth at the first corner and into the mix with the factory bikes for the first lap. Smith was shuffled down into 10th place by the end of the opening lap.

He later closed in on Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso on the penultimate lap. The British star successfully overtook him to bring his Monster Yamaha Tech3 YZR-M1 across the line in sixth, concluding an impressive ride and lifting him to ninth in the championship.

Espargaro reflected, “I'm reasonably happy, as it has been a good race but not an incredible one. We collected important points for the championship, I learned a lot as well today and we definitely gave our best so I have to be satisfied with the result. In addition, having just the four factory bikes in front of me I can’t complain too much. Indy has been a good start to the second part of the championship but I'm already looking forward to Brno next week where I aim to improve further.”

Smith added, “Overall, I am really pleased to get a strong result and finish in the top six. I aimed to preserve my rear tyre as much as possible and then came back strongly during the second half of the race. It was a big confidence boost to see the finish flag finally in such a good position which is where I want and need to be. Now I'm looking forward to the next race in Brno where I will try to continue to climb up the rankings.”

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