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Espargaro: “I can’t be completely satisfied”

Espargaro: “I can’t be completely satisfied”

An eighth place finish at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky has left Espargaro hungry for more, even with continued bike improvements.

An aggressive start from Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) saw the Spaniard gain valuable positions off the line, ending the opening lap in seventh position having started in eighth. Espargaro then settled in behind Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith, attempting to match the Brit’s scorching pace to close down on the factory Ducati duo ahead. Both Smith and Espargaro were unable to catch the Ducati pair, Espargaro forced to settle for eighth after crossing the line over a second behind his teammate.

The Czech GP was overall a challenging weekend for the younger Espargaro brother who crashed heavily during practice and was forced to battle through Q1. With 81 points he currently sits eighth in the World Championship, seven points ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the CWM LCR Honda. The major area of complaint is a lack of rear traction, a problem that has emerged in many races for Espargaro. If this issue can be resolved he is confident he will be able to be faster.

Pol Espargaro: “Of course, I can’t be completely satisfied with today’s result, but compared to the race in Indianapolis we finally made a good step forward as we completely made up the gap to Bradley. We were able to improve the behaviour of the bike in the braking areas as well as the turning which was where I was stronger than my teammate today. Unfortunately, we are still lacking rear grip and I’m quite surprised that the other riders don’t seem to face the same difficulties. However I’m convinced that if we can solve this issue then we will be able to ride a lot faster. Therefore, we have still plenty of work ahead of us, but it has definitely been a productive day and we were able to draw some positive conclusions which should help us to make further steps forward during the next races. In addition, another encouraging point of the weekend was that I moved up one position in the championship standings and I’m keen to collect another top result at Silverstone to boost my placement further"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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