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Espargaro: “I didn’t feel comfortable at any time”

Espargaro: “I didn’t feel comfortable at any time”

Damage limitation for Espargaro at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix as he struggles to find rear grip during the race.

The 30 lap race around the famous Sachsenring track started well for Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who was able to maintain his eighth position on the opening lap. After this he began to drop, as low as 12th on lap 11 and battling with the likes of his brother Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar), diving up his inside to claim tenth. At mid distance the younger Espargaro rallied, fighting back hard for the top ten.

Eighth at the flag matched his grid position and has Espargaro sitting ninth in the standings. Unlike the rest of the MotoGP™ field, Pol Espargaro will not be able to begin enjoying the mid-season break immediately as he will fly to Japan to compete in the famous Suzuka 8 hour race as part of the factory Yamaha team.

Pol Espargaro: “Today's 8th position is kind of a damage limitation because after a tricky start to the weekend on Friday, I was confident about the race as we had found a solution to our issues as well as a good setting for my M1 yesterday. In FP4 I was able to ride a consistent mid 1’22 rhythm, which would have been very positive during today’s sprint. Yet, as soon as we started the GP, I realised that something wasn’t quite right. I was lacking grip on the rear and it was impossible to turn into the corners. I had to fight with the bike for the entire 30 laps using my legs to get the bike to turn. I didn’t feel comfortable at any time.”

“Still, I tried to do the best that I could and pushed as much as possible to pass the group in front of me. Of course, this is a long way from where we need to be so now we will analyse the data to ensure that this doesn’t occur again. Therefore, I leave Germany with a bitter taste in my mouth for the summer, which in my case is not going to be a holiday but I am very excited to be flying straight to Suzuka for the 2nd test for the eight hour race in two weeks.”

MotoGP, 2015, GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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