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Espargaro: “I couldn’t fight to keep the sixth place”

Espargaro: “I couldn’t fight to keep the sixth place”

A final top ten finish at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana secures Aleix Espargaro 11th in the championship.

The Valencia GP started well for Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard able to qualify at the head of the second row even with all his soft option tyres gone. Espargaro’s pace was fast in the early laps as he attempted to defend his fifth place in the race while still remaining within touching distance of the leading riders. As his rear tyre degraded, Espargaro’s performance began to drop as he lost traction and mid corner speed and he was subsequently unable to stay in the fight for sixth place with brother Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). He would eventually cross the line in eighth, 34.222 seconds behind the winner.

With 105 points the elder of the Espargaro brothers ends the year in 11th overall, a respectable result for both he and Suzuki on their MotoGP™ World Championship return. It was not the race result nor the championship result he had hoped for, but the winter period now gives both Espargaro and Suzuki a chance to improve and come back stronger in 2016.

Aleix Espargaro: “It’s a pity that we had some troubles with the rear tyre, it was destroyed in the last part of the race and this prevented me keeping the good pace I was lapping with. I had a good start, I kept contact with fourth place and tried many times to overtake, but he overtook me on the straight, it was impossible to get ahead. Then in the second half of the race, the tyre was performing poorly and I couldn’t fight to keep the sixth place. I’m disappointed, but at least we ended up in the points. Now we have a long winter to work and improve the machine, because the improvements we have made throughout the year were not enough and not what I was expecting. We have fought hard to stay in the top 10 but we need to improve a lot. The positive thing is that now we have one year of experience that can be exploited for next season; we have references and data for all tracks and this will make our job easier.”

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MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, RAC, Aleix Espargaro, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, #ValenciaGP

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