Solid targets for Pol Espargaro and Smith

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith are sure about what they want as the curtain comes down on the first half of the 2014 MotoGP™ season in Germany this weekend.

Set to compete in the ninth race of his debut premier class campaign, Espargaro sits seventh in the Riders’ Championship and just two points in front of LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl - and the Spaniard is highly keen to remain in front.

“The last race was my first experience in the wet aboard a MotoGP™ bike and, despite the end result not being a true reflection of my potential on the bike, I still felt the best I have so far this year on the Yamaha which included topping the opening practice session,” Espargaro comments of his weekend at the Assen TT.

“I feel really optimistic of a strong result this weekend, whatever the weather decides to do, and last year I had a podium finish on my way to the World Championship title in Moto2™. With the track being very tight and with not much of a straight, there’s no rest therefore we are on it for the entire race, so for sure it will be a challenging one. I feel strong aboard the bike at the moment and I am convinced that I can at least challenge for, if not clinch, the position of the leading satellite bike in Germany.”

On the other side of the Tech 3 garage, Smith travels to the Sachsenring tenth in the overall classification and only ten points in arrears of his team-mate.

“After the conditions caused a bit of a strange race at Assen, I was still able to put together a really strong race pace when the track dried out, which is really positive,” Englishman Smith says of Assen, where he posted the third quickest race lap. “At the Sachsenring I hope to emulate this and scoop a top result.

“My joint best position of sixth was achieved here last year and, with the nature of the circuit suiting the Yamaha, I'm confident we can do even better this week. The tyres will be vital at this track as there are ten left-hand corners but only three to the right, plus it could rain, yet I remain certain of my ability aboard the Yamaha and I know we can do well this race. I am primed and ready to gun for a top five this weekend. I look forward to putting on a great show plus riding the waterfall (Turn 11) again!”

On Thursday, Smith will be one of three current MotoGP™ riders – along with LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone – to sample modifications to the kerbs of Turns 10 and 11, with a view to installing permanent changes to the corners ahead of the following MotoGP™ visit to Germany in 2015.

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