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Espargaro: “We have to work a lot in the following days"

Espargaro: “We have to work a lot in the following days'

A frustrated Pol Espargaro is forced to settle for sixth in Argentina, unable to compete with Ducati’s power.

The Argentina GP was shortened to 20 laps and a mid-race bike swap was introduced to avoid potential issues with the rear tyres. It was an eventful race, the situation was made even more complicated by wet patches out on track, meaning that almost every corner housed potential hazards. Starting from tenth on the grid, Pol Espargaro ended the first lap of the race inside the top ten and pitted in ninth position. A rapid bike change saw him re-join where he left off, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider continuing his climb through the field.

He became entangled in a brawl with fellow Spaniard Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) for what would become a top five finsih. His Ducati GP14.2 had a clear advantage down the straights of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, Espargaro unable to make up enough time under braking to make a proper recovery. A late braking move by Barbera forced Espargaro to stand up at Turn 5 and run off track to avoid a collision, both Spaniards dropping back as a result. Pol Espargaro went on to finish in sixth place, matching his position in the overall championship standing.

Pol Espargaro: “The race today has been very difficult and in all honesty, I'm quite disappointed. Fighting with Barbera and Laverty is definitely not where we want to be, but at the moment we are unable to stay close to the Ducati riders. We are slower on the straight and we can't brake late enough into the corners because of the front tyre. In addition, in the last lap Barbera broke incredibly late in turn 5 so to avoid a contact with him I had to run off track and as a result Laverty passed both of us. This is a real pity, because even if our race wasn’t great, we could still have scored an important result and finish as first independent bike. Yet, like this we leave Argentina with just a sixth position. Therefore we have to work a lot in the following days in order to be more competitive in Austin next weekend. However, the result isn't too bad for the championship, so we have to take today's finish as a damage limitation."

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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