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Espargaro: “Now I am fourth in the championship”

Espargaro: “Now I am fourth in the championship”

A difficult race saw Pol Espargaro battle to remain upright as a number of riders fell around him, taking seventh place at the line.

Choosing to run the soft front tyre, Pol Espargaro had a difficult start to the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas as he was unable to match the pace of the other riders with a full fuel load. As the tank emptied he was able to increase his pace and by lap seven he was inside the top ten, eventually promoted to seventh thanks to some consistent lap times and a number of crashes ahead. The fall around him spooked Espargaro who had several moments himself and he focused most of his efforts on simply staying on two wheels. While he would have liked to finish higher, seventh in the race allowed the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider to gain valuable points.

In all three of the opening rounds of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship, Pol Espargaro has ended inside the top eight with two seventh place finishes and a sixth. These results have him an incredible fourth in the standings with 28 points. In fourth the satellite Yamaha rider sits ahead of a number of factory riders, including both riders in the Ducati Team. An incredible achievement for him and the team and proof that consistency is key.

Pol Espargaro: “Today I certainly didn't feel very comfortable on the bike but having said that I did my very best in trying to keep it on two wheels. At the beginning of the race, we decided to use the softer front tyre and in all honesty, it was really tricky to follow the other riders on full fuel load. Yet, once the tank emptied a bit, I was able to start pushing and I began catching my teammate. Then suddenly, I saw some crashes in front and I even had a moment myself, so I decided to settle down as I wanted to finish the race and leave the US with some valuable points. In the end, this is what we achieved, so now I am fourth in the championship which is a nice gift for the boss, as it's his birthday today. The next GP will be back in Europe and on my home soil so I can't wait to go to Jerez, especially after the positive start to the season so far. Of course, we go there with the aim of improving our performance further, but I believe that this year more than ever, consistency is the key for a strong championship result.”

MotoGP, 2016, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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