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Espargaro: “I also have a bittersweet taste in my mouth”

Espargaro: “I also have a bittersweet taste in my mouth”

A return to the points for Pol Espargaro in the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, but a lack of grip leaves him wanting more.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro came into the Australian GP with high expectations, with Phillip Island as one of his favourite tracks he was confident of a strong result and hopeful of finishing as the top satellite rider. A solid start to the race saw the Spanish rider inside the top ten after five laps having started from the third row of the grid. He battled hard with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) on the factory Ducati, eventually passing him on the eighth lap and then setting his eyes on passing his brother Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar). The younger of the two brothers won and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider crossed the line in eighth, nine second off Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) who was the top satellite rider.

While he was satisfied with the result, Espargaro is by no means pleased. He had shown great speed earlier in the weekend and seven in Warm Up on Sunday morning so was hopeful of an even better result. Many of the MotoGP™ World Championship riders reported a lack of grip on race day, Espargaro also encountering the issue on his Yamaha. A lack of grip effects Espargaro and his M1 more than other riders and his team are working hard to resolve the issues for the Malaysian GP next weekend.

Pol Espargaro: “Today's race was a solid finish to the weekend and we have to be satisfied when bearing in mind how we started on Friday. In addition, the gap to the riders in front is not as big as it has been at other races this year, so all in all we have to be pleased. Having said that, I also have a bittersweet taste in my mouth when thinking about the confidence and pace that I had in today's warm up, but for some reason the grip level during the race always seems to be lower than in the morning. This lack of grip generates a few issues for us which we have experienced in the last couple of races as well as today. Therefore, we need to find a solution to this matter and be more prepared for the race at Sepang, even if this round has been a positive one."

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

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