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Espargaro: “I fell whilst braking into turn 11”

Espargaro: “I fell whilst braking into turn 11”

Pol Espargaro falls from the Motul Grand Prix of Japan with just three laps to go, ending a tough weekend with disappointment.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro made a great start to the wet Japanese GP, shooting from 1tth to end the first lap in eighth. The following laps saw the Spanish rider battling with several other MotoGP™ World Championship riders and was pushed back to tenth, but he remained determined and began to push back through. By the mid point of the race it became apparent that conditions would not remain wet, a dry line appearing around the Twin Ring Motegi circuit and wet tyres beginning to fade. As the conditions grew more difficult, Espargaro ran wide and was dropped down to 15th position. Again he rallied and began closing down the riders ahead.

Having returned to 11th position, Pol Espargaro began to close on his brother Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) but locked the front end at Turn 11 and went down, ending his race. The younger Espargaro brother escaped injury and will be able to race in the Australian GP without major issue. This is Pol Espargaro’s fifth DNF of the 2015 season.

Pol Espargaro: “It has been a tough event here in Japan this weekend and we were not at our best in the practice sessions. Therefore, the wet conditions this morning certainly didn't help to make things any easier. However, I began the race confidently and with quite a good start. In the first few laps, the bike was working really well and I found a solid rhythm, but shortly after that I began to struggle with the front tyre moving a lot which made it really complicated to turn the bike. I kept on pushing yet when I tried to pass Iannone, I ran wide and lost several positions, so I had to commence my recovery from 15th position with 13 laps remaining. While I was trying to make up some time to the guys ahead of me, I was continuously battling with my M1 as the front tyre was dropping more and more.”

“Then, three laps before the end, I had closed in on my brother and would have loved to pass him but unfortunately, the front tyre locked and I fell whilst braking into turn 11 with only one and a half laps to go, which is a big pity as I definitely didn't want to end my weekend in this way. I hit my head on the barrier during this incident, but I’ve undertaken a medical check and luckily I walked away unhurt. Another positive is that we are now flying to Australia, which is my favourite track and we were strong there last year, so I'm looking forward to next week and getting back on my Yamaha YZR-M1.

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

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