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Espargaro: “I decided to conduct a wise race”

 Espargaro: “I decided to conduct a wise race”

After a strong start in France, Aleix Espargaro was forced to focus on having a safe race to continue his run of top tens.

The Monster Energy Grand Prix de France proved to be a weekend of contrasts for Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, one excelling while the other underwent damage limmitation. From 12th on the grid Aleix Espargaro made an excellent start and shot up to sixth place. The Team Suzuki Ecstar rider did his best to hold his position, fending off Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for several corners. As the race went on the situation became more and more difficult for Espargaro as he felt his front tyre was not quite right, instead of continuing to push he eased off his pace and worked on defending his position. Espargaro would eventually end the race in sixth, over 30 seconds behind Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and 18 seconds behind his teammate Maverick Viñales, who scored his first podium and Suzuki’s first since 2008. Espargaro was clearly disappointed to not be in podium contention, but he and the team now know without doubt what the bike can do. Even with the issues, Espargaro was able to take his third straight top ten and defend seventh in the MotoGP™ World Championship standings.

Aleix Espargaro: “At the end of the day I can’t be satisfied but I’m happy, for the whole weekend we did many improvements and could be faster and faster. I did a good start and could keep a good pace for the early laps, then I felt something strange on the front tyre and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted. I saw the board with the gaps and I decided to conduct a wise race, holding the place and getting home safe with some championship points. My crew and the whole Suzuki team is doing a great job, we did big improvements and today’s podium from Maverick is evidence. My compliments to him, but also this is a good sign of what our potential is.”

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MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Aleix Espargaro, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, Reaction

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