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Espargaro: “I am nursing the neck injury from Malaysia"

Espargaro: “I am nursing the neck injury from Malaysia'

A determined ride saw Pol Espargaro finish the Malaysian GP despite suffering dearly from a neck injury, still not fully fit.

Pol Espargaro heads to the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana aiming to end a mixed season with a strong final result. The triple-header flyaways proved difficult for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider, especially in Malaysia where he sustained a neck injury during Warm Up. He was able to race with the injury, but it hindered his performance significantly and the Spaniard was only able to produce ninth. With a week away from racing, Espargaro has had a chance to focus on recovery and his condition has improved, but he is still far from fully fit.

Despite the pain, the Tech 3 rider is hopeful of getting close to his sixth place finish at the Valencia GP he achieved last year. The competition will be fierce as all riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship have improved throughout the 2015 season. Espargaro is hopeful the local fans at the sold out event will give him the boost he needs to enter the top ten. Not only is this the last race of 2015, it is also the last race before the MotoGP™ class undergoes significant changes for 2016.

Pol Espargaro: “I am looking forward to racing in front of my home fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, which is a track that I really enjoy riding on and one that always has an amazing atmosphere. However, I am under no illusions that this round will be easy, especially because I am nursing the neck injury from the Malaysia GP. I am still in pain and to be honest, that race was one of the toughest that I have ever had to ride. It marked a tricky end to the flyaway events, which were all quite challenging and for sure, I would have liked to finish those three races further up the order. However, we never gave up and pushed nonstop so now we will focus on Valencia and I am confident of riding to a solid result.”

“Last year, I completed the GP in sixth, which was a positive way to end the season and even though this may be a bit tricky to repeat due to the competition as well as my injury, it is what I will be hoping for. Having said that, the fans support will really help me and motivate me even more. There will be thousands there and I will do my best to give them a good result to remember the race by. I know that we can conclude the year positively and I will fight through the pain and do my absolute best at Valencia with my Yamaha M1."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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