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Espargaro: “It really tests us as MotoGP riders”

Espargaro: “It really tests us as MotoGP riders”

It’s been an up and down year for Pol Espargaro, but he hopes for a strong Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix result.

Pol Espargaro is aiming for a notable performance in Sepang to end the flyaways on a high note after a difficult Japanese GP and a mediocre Australian GP. In 2014, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider suffered a big crash while qualifying in Malaysia, breaking a bone in his left foot. Despite the injury the youngest Espargaro brother still fought valiantly to end sixth and is hoping for a top five result now he is entering the weekend fully fit. Espargaro enjoys the circuit and feels it is fun to ride with a variety of fast and slow corners. As ever, the weather in Sepang will push riders and bikes to their limits. Espargaro has never won the Malaysian GP, but has had four podium finishes in the smaller capacity classes.

With the majority of winter testing taking place in Sepang, MotoGP™ riders are incredibly familiar with the circuit and have done more laps around it than any other GP track. Teams already have extensive data and as such the Malaysian GP often sees hyper competitive times from FP1 onwards. Entering the weekend with a solid base is important as Sepang’s famous rain showers can often halt practice sessions at a moments notice. It is still unkown if rain will hit the track on raceday, which could throw up unexpected results.

Pol Espargaro: “Malaysia is our next destination and I am fully confident of closing the last of the three flyaway races with a strong result on Sunday. The weekend in Australia was a bit challenging, yet we managed to turn around the difficult start with a run to 8th in the race. Of course, I wanted to finish much higher in the GP at my favourite circuit, but my feeling with the bike improved a lot over the weekend and also, everyone could see how competitive it was there, so we have to be pleased. Now, it’s time for Sepang and because we tested a lot there in winter, I am feeling confident as we have a solid base setting to begin with. Last year was tough because of the big crash I had on Saturday, but I still finished in 6th. In addition, I have had some strong results there in the past, as I have had three podiums in the lower classes. Moreover, the track is good fun to ride, plus it really tests us as MotoGP riders with it’s big mix of corners. It will be demanding due to the humidity, but I will give 110% to finish the last two races of the 2015 season, which has been a bit an up and down one for me, in strong positions."

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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