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Espargaro: “It’s vital to start confidently”

Espargaro: “It’s vital to start confidently”

The Motul Grand Prix of Japan will play host to round 15 of the MotoGP™ World Championship and Pol Espargaro is expecting a tough weekend.

Fond memories greet Pol Espargaro in Japan, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider having won the iconic Suzuka 8-Hours race earlier in 2015. The Twin Ring Motegi circuit is one of the most challenging on the MotoGP™ calendar, heavy braking and acceleration are demanding on both the bike and rider. Fuel is often a concern at Motegi due to these factors and Espargaro’s Tech 3 squad will focus on achieving the best setting to avoid any issues. Regardless of the challenging nature of the track, Motegi holds a special place in Espargaro’s heart as the track in which he wrapped up the 2013 Moto2™ World Championship.

It has been a difficult year for Espargaro in 2015, four crashes have hidden the Spaniard’s true potential and he’s seeking to change his fortunes in the triple-header flyaways. He plans to do this by hitting the ground running in Motegi and pushing for a solid grid position, enabling him to battle for top positions during Sunday’s race. The Aragon GP saw the Tech 3 rider make a strong start before technical problems limited his progress, removing issues such as these will be critical for the three consecutive rounds approaching, without a break between rounds small problems can have devastating consequences.

Pol Espargaro: “We now head to the other side of the planet for the first of the three fly away GP’s. It's all back to back races, so it’s vital to start confidently in order to get the momentum going. Japan has been very good to me in the past as I won my 2013 Moto2 title there and also the Suzuka 8 Hours, therefore I am hoping to score another result to remember, on Sunday. Plus, the crowd in Motegi is really enthusiastic about MotoGP so I'd love to put on a great show for them. In terms of the track itself, I need to say that it is a special one and very demanding, that's why we are certainly not expecting an easy weekend. Still, we are well prepared and aim to hit the ground running on Friday in order to be able to attack qualifying at full speed and get a solid starting position for the race. I am really excited for the Grand Prix but also ready to work hard so that we can finish where we want to, especially as it’s Yamaha’s anniversary home GP.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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