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By Monster Yamaha Tech3

Good test for Espargaro after tough race

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider took encouraging steps forward in Monday’s test in the Czech Republic.

Pol Espargaro tested electronic settings as well as setup options to improve his feeling during braking, in the post Grand Prix Brno workout. With progress being made, he produced a best lap of 1’56.952s to put him eighth on the timesheet.

The 2013 Moto2™ World Champion now confidently looks on to the forthcoming round of the championship at Silverstone.

Espargaro finished 13th in what what was a tricky race for the 25-year-old on Sunday but a productive test meant he left the Brno circuit in an upbeat mood.

Pol Espargaro: "We have made some good progress at this test and the work that we did leaves me feeling positive about my chances at future races. At the same time, it wasn’t ideal because we didn’t have too many tyres to use, the track surface was dirty and it was difficult to get into the rhythm this morning. Using only these few tyres meant that we struggled a little bit to get through everything that we wanted to go over. However, we tested some electronic settings, which I think will increase our performance so we will use these at some future GPs.”

“Furthermore, we also really improved how the bike behaves when braking which is very important because this is what we struggled a lot with this weekend and also in Austria, so it was the main accomplishment of the test. Due to the knowledge that we have gained, I am confident and I am looking forward to the next race.”

Reviewing Sunday’s race he also stated, “In the warm-up I struggled quite a lot in the wet but to be honest, we managed to improve the bike significantly for the race. Therefore, I was able to pass many riders at the beginning of the GP as I felt really comfortable. However, when the track started to dry, I began to face some difficulties because I lacked grip and traction, but I tried to keep my pace without making any mistakes so that I could take home as many points as possible. I believe that we weren't able to use the electronics to their best potential, plus I think the hard rear tyre would have been a better choice, especially at the end of the race.”

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