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Another highly valiant effort by Espargaró

Another highly valiant effort by Espargaró

Pramac Racing have been well served by replacement rider Aleix Espargaró at Indianapolis and Misano.

Young Spaniard Aleix Espargaró has done himself no harm at all with his maiden pair of Grand Prix appearances over the past ten days and the 13th and 11th places he achieved at Indy and Misano respectively will sit proudly on his racing CV as he seeks to confirm a 2010 World Championship ride.

Whether that will mean he is fast-tracked to MotoGP or he goes into Moto2 – as was expected until he got his big break with Pramac Racing - remains to be seen, but what is already clear is that having missed out on a regular ride this year in the 250cc class the rider from just outside Barcelona have given an excellent account of himself in recent months.

His substitute 250cc appearances for the Balatonring Team saw him finish fourth at Assen and seventh at Sachsenring, earning him praise throughout the MotoGP paddock and leading to his opportunity to ride Mika Kallio’s satellite Desmosedici GP9 for two rounds, while the Finn covered for Casey Stoner who has been on sick leave from the factory Ducati team.

Stoner is expected back in Portugal, meaning that Kallio would reclaim his Pramac ride and Espargaró will return to the sidelines – for the time being. A crash at Misano slightly disrupted Espargaró’s progress, but he will have an injured forearm rectified in Spain on Monday in order to be ready to continue with whatever adventures his rollercoaster 2009 season throws in front of him next.

“We can consider ourselves satisfied with what we have done on track,” said the 20 year-old on Sunday. “At Indy, on my MotoGP debut, I had to learn everything about this new experience and here at Misano we have demonstrated the ability to be competitive.”

Commenting on the round thirteen race itself he explained, “In the first laps I was going really well and at one stage I was part of a group of riders who were fighting for seventh position. After the fifteenth lap I felt a lot of pain in my right forearm and it was impossible to maintain the pace. I was able to somehow manage braking with the palm of my hand, but I couldn’t completely open the throttle and I was losing too much at top speed.”

He concluded, “On Monday in Madrid I will have surgery so that I can be in top form for my next ride in whatever class it will be. I want to thank the Pramac Racing Team, Paolo Campinoti and Ducati for the fantastic opportunity they gave me to make my debut in MotoGP and I hope that I didn’t disappoint them.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Aleix Espargaro, Pramac Racing

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