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Espargaro: “I had a lot of difficulties with my right arm"

Espargaro: “I had a lot of difficulties with my right arm'

Espargaro wins fierce battle for fifth position at the Motul TT Assen while fighting through physical limitations.

Battling with five MotoGP™ riders is difficult in itself, but Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro also had to contend with continuing problems in his right forearm. The former Moto2™ World Champion had an operation on the arm earlier in the season but problems arose in the closing stages even causing Espargaro to doubt if he could finish.

Espargaro is now just one point behind Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) in the championship table and continues to try and make up ground on teammate Bradley Smith. Both Espargaro and Smith now head to Japan to begin testing for the legendary Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race. This will be a major test for the strength and fitness of Espargaro’s arm and will indicate if he needs to take further measures to fix the issue.

Pol Espargaro: “Of course, I have to be pleased with the fifth position today, yet it was a very tough race. Unfortunately, I had a lot of difficulties with my right forearm again, which I have recently had surgery on and the last six laps were particularly tricky. I ran wide in the fast corners and couldn't brake, so to be honest, riding like this was anything but easy. In the last three laps, I even started to think that I wouldn’t be able to finish the race as I was convinced I would run wide and crash somewhere.”

“Yet, I kept fighting and held my position until the finish line, but I just tried to be as big as possible in the last lap to make the others struggle to go past me as I had nothing more to give on the brakes. Therefore, beside the satisfaction of the good result, there is also some frustration because in this situation it will be tricky to continue racing due to the problem itself which is also painful.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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