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Aleix Espargaro disappointed after collision ends top five quest

Aleix Espargaro disappointed after collision ends top five quest

NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro was bitterly disappointed after the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, with his challenge for a top five result coming to an end after a collision with Stefan Bradl.

Started from sixth position on the grid, Espargaro was having a strong race, fighting with the frontrunning riders for fifth position and potentially even a podium result. Unfortunately, with eight laps to go he was hit from behind by Bradl causing enough damage to the rear end of his Forward Yamaha to force his retirement from the race.

Bradl was later given a penalty point for his part in the crash. Meanwhile, Espargaro commented, “I’m really disappointed and it’s a pity because we were really close to getting a very good result.”

“I did a good start but I lost some positions, though in a few laps I was able to recover. I fought throughout the whole race with the front guys, aiming for the podium. Unfortunately my bike was damaged in the incident with Bradl and I had to retire. I’d like to thank the team for the great work done during the weekend and today because my bike was really competitive.”

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Aleix Espargaro, NGM Forward Racing

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