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Espargaro: “I’m very satisfied with the rhythm”

Espargaro: “I’m very satisfied with the rhythm”

130 laps over three days in Phillip Island leaves Pol Espargaro satisfied and uplifted after a difficult time in Sepang before.

Rhythm was the key focus for Pol Espargaro on the final day of the Phillip Island test, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider completing a total of 44 laps on Friday. The youngest of the Espargaro brothers completed several stints of over seven laps, his final run consisting of nine laps with two in the 1’29s. Overall, Espargaro was able to produce laps in the mid to low 1’30s with ease. Being able to produce such a steady flow of fast laps was a much needed confidence boost for the Spaniard after a torrid time in Sepang, feeling he and the team are back to where they need to be. A best lap of 1’29.718 on the final day placed the satellite Yamaha rider ninth overall and only 0.587s off the best time of Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), who led the Australian test.

Pol Espargaro: “Altogether, I’m pleased with how the test went. Of course, we hoped for better weather here in Australia, but considering that the forecast for today was even worse than it actually was, we have to be happy with what we achieved. We were able to try a lot of things and to be honest I’m very satisfied with the rhythm that we managed to run. Also, my fastest lap time was decent so after the difficult test that we had in Sepang, we are now back to where we want and need to be. For sure, it goes without saying that we still need to collect a lot of information so that we can fine tune the electronics in a better way as it is still quite new to us, but I believe we are already working in a good direction. Also our tyre knowledge is very limited at the moment and especially today when the track temperature was colder, you could see that everybody was struggling a bit more.

“Yet, we will have to face these conditions in the season, so there are still many things to learn. The only inconvenience of today was my crash. When I left the pit box, I didn’t feel confident with the tyres so I came back in and we decided to use another set. As a result, I was still checking the behaviour of the bike when Jorge passed me. I believe he put four seconds between us, but then closed the gas in the first corner, so by corner two I was already with him and had to take a wider line to give him enough space and as soon as I touched the brake on the dirty part of the track, I lost the bike. It’s a pity, but I’m fine and the team did a great job to repair the bike so that we could still take good advantage of the day and now I can leave Australia feeling much more confident than I was a few days ago."

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MotoGP, 2016, T3, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, #AusTest

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