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Espargaro and Smith achieve top ten finishes

Espargaro and Smith achieve top ten finishes

Pol Espargaro produced a mature and inspired ride to finish in sixth position in his first encounter with the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1.

The young Spaniard started Sunday’s activities by surging to second position in the Warm Up, having just been beaten to the top spot in the dying seconds by Valentino Rossi.

This left the rookie optimistic and ready for the 28-lap battle which he began from seventh on the grid. As the lights flicked to green, Espargaro launched off the start line with promising speed and he completed the first lap in sixth. Right from the beginning he was able to build up a gap over the pack and with the lap numbers falling, Espargaro managed to maintain this placement until the finish flag.

Espargaro reflected, “We chose to race the softer Bridgestone tyre and it would have probably been better to go for the harder compound considering the conditions this afternoon, but after the race it is easy to say so. However, we still managed to finish in sixth position and collect valuable points for the Championship. That helped me to take sixth back from my brother and that is a really good feeling ahead of our next race in Aragon."

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Bradley Smith battled in the highly competitive field to finish in seventh position after a gruelling yet rewarding race at Misano.

The young Englishman commented, “Even though seventh is not where I intend to be, it’s definitely positive after the challenging past two Grands Prix. Still, I am a little disappointed with the mistake I made on the second lap as I went into turn 7 where I just out braked myself and lost two places. Later on, I recovered these positions, but the group of Dani Pedrosa, the two Ducatis and Pol were out of my reach plus with the lap times so close here it was difficult to come back.”

“Considering how tough the weekend was here last year, the performance this time is a significant improvement but I want to be fighting for fifth. Therefore, there’s some more work to be done, but the team did a great job after a tricky Friday and now we will push onwards to close in on the Ducatis.”

MotoGP, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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