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Espargaro: “The bike slid so much”

Espargaro: “The bike slid so much”

Conditions made for a difficult race in France, but Pol Espargaro showed his skill to take top Independent Team honours.

For the first time since Phillip Island in 2015, Pol Espargaro started a MotoGP™ World Championship race from the second row of the grid. An excellent launch saw the Spaniard head into the first chicane in third, fighting hard with the factory Yamahas and Hondas but pushed back down in eighth position not long after. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider worked diligently to remain consistent and steadily gained on his brother Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar), getting past him towards the end of the race. It wasn’t easy to close his brother down, the Le Mans circuit incredibly difficult to navigate due to a greasy feeling, Espargaro’s Yamaha M1 sliding around during acceleration.

Many other riders clearly found it difficult as a multitude of riders ahead of Espargaro crashed out, promoting him to fifth position by the end of the race. For the third time in 2016, Espargaro ended the race as the leading Independent Team rider but he was disappointed by the distance to the leading riders. With Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) taking third place, Pol Espargaro slides down to fifth in the championship standings with 47 points, two behind his fellow Spaniard.

Pol Espargaro: “Of course I’m pleased to conclude the weekend once more as the leading satellite rider and inside the top 5, yet after our strong performance in all the sessions I hoped to be a bit closer to the leading guys. However, after the Moto2 race, the track became really greasy and the bike slid so much especially during acceleration so it was quite tricky to ride. Moreover, I was not fully comfortable with the brakes during the whole race and I made several mistakes like running wide a couple of times. It’s a pity because we worked really well in the morning warm up, but finally in the race, my feelings just weren’t quite the same like in the practice sessions, so we could not repeat our pace. Anyway, we did the best job that we could at the Tech3 team’s home race and after the positives of the event we will try even harder in Mugello. Unfortunately, I dropped a position in the championship standings, but I’m still sixth and everything is really tight as I am only points behind Maverick. Next up for us is Mugello which is a circuit that I really enjoy, so I’m looking forward to getting back on the Yamaha soon in Italy."

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MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Reaction

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