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Espargaro: “My gear didn't engage and I was in neutral”

Espargaro: “My gear didn't engage and I was in neutral”

Gearbox issues plague Pol Espargaro at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, but he remains positive of further success.

The 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship season has not gone to plan for Pol Espargaro, four DNFs and a multitude of issues have left him with just 88 points in the World Championship standings. But, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider remains upbeat and is continuing to take each race as it comes. The Aragon GP started well, from fourth on the grid Espargaro made a solid start and battled with the factory riders but an issue on the fourth lap with his gearbox caused him to drop from ninth.

As he fought to make up ground, the rubber grip on his gearshift lever came off and changing gears presented a challenge with reduced traction between the lever and his glove. In spite of all these issues, Espargaro was able to remain in the fight for fifth and claim a respectable ninth position. The paddock now head to Japan for the first race of the triple header, Espargaro is eager to return to Japan having experienced great success in the Suzuka 8 Hours earlier this year.

Pol Espargaro: “It goes without saying that today's race was very demanding for me. The beginning itself was actually really positive but just when I pulled away from the riders behind me, I had to run wide as my gear didn't engage and I was in neutral. Because of this, I lost several positions as well as some vital seconds which I tried to make up afterwards but it really wasn't easy. In the following laps, I checked which engine maps gave me the best chance of catching the group in front.”

“However, whilst I was pushing my hardest to make up the time, I lost the rubber on my gear shifter which caused the lever to be very slippery so shifting up and down was truly difficult for the rest of the race. Taking all of this into consideration, we have to be quite pleased with the fact that we finished less than two seconds from fifth, even though it is a pity to end up in 9th. We now have to look forward to the three overseas races, with the first round being in Japan, a place which I'm happy to return to after the incredible experience this summer at the Suzuka 8 Hours race.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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