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Espargaro: “I am more determined than ever”

Espargaro: “I am more determined than ever”

Pol Espargaro out to make amends at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix after a disappointing Japanese GP.

A wet race at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit saw Pol Espargaro recover from several mistakes and each time charge towards the top ten but fell with just a handful of laps remaining. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was fortunately unhurt in the crash and will be fully fit for the Australian GP. Back in 2014, Espargaro was on track for his first premier class podium before losing the front and falling from the race. This year the Spaniard is out to make amends for both races at one of his favourite circuits on the MotoGP™ World Championship calendar, the fast and flowing layout of Phillip Island also plays to the strengths of the Yamaha M1.

The younger Espargaro brother has twice claimed victory at the Australian GP with back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013 while racing in the Moto2™ class. He qualified ninth for the MotoGP™ race last year before falling. With 88 points Espargaro currently sits tenth in the championship standings having had a mixed year, a multitude of top ten finishes have been tarnished by falls and technical problems in what has been a difficult second year in the premier class.

Pol Espargaro: “It goes without saying that I am truly looking forward to go to Australia as Phillip Island is an incredible circuit and definitely my favourite track. Still my memories of last year are quite disappointing as I was running in a podium position and so close to scoring my first rostrum in the premier class until luck went against me and I fell not far from the end. Yet, I feel optimistic about making amends this season, which I need to do after the challenging time that we had in Japan. Fortunately I am ok after the crash and, of course, I am more determined than ever to get a strong result to get us back on track. The circuit suits the Yamaha so we need to take advantage of this and try to hit the ground running, and we must make the most of the practice sessions in order to get ready for Sunday. It really is a great place to be and furthermore, I hope to catch some waves as well before we head to the track!"

MotoGP, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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