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Espargaro: “We need to push non-stop”

Espargaro: “We need to push non-stop”

Defending fourth in the championship standings won’t be easy but Pol Espargaro is ready to put up a fight at home.

A consistent start to the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship has Pol Espargaro sitting fourth in the championship, the top Independent Team rider and above many factory bikes. Two seventh place finished and a sixth may not have seen the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider fighting for podiums but his consistency makes him one of just seven riders to score at each round. His 28 championship points have him three points ahead of Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), who is the second Independent Team rider in the championship. Both riders are hungry for a strong result in front of their home fans as they prepare to race in Europe for the first time in 2016. Espargaro’s form has classically been strong in Jerez, qualifying in fourth place for the 2015 edition of the Spanish GP before going on to finish in fifth, his best result of the season.

Twice during his journey to MotoGP™ Espargaro has taken victory in Jerez, winning the 2012 Moto2™ World Championship race and the 125cc race in 2009. A career first MotoGP™ podium would be almost a dream come true for the satellite Yamaha man, yet to step onto the rostrum since moving up in 2014.

Pol Espargaro: “After what has been a tough opening to the racing year, I am looking forward to competing in my home country, plus I’m determined about continuing this good wave of form. Of course, the season so far has gone better than the opening to 2015 but we have to remain consistent, which will be key to success in this campaign. Therefore, we need to push non-stop this weekend and seize another top finish which I feel is certainly achievable. The team is doing a great job and I know that it’s down to me to get the result, but I am confident. I always enjoy the Circuito de Jerez and have won a few races there in the past. Last year I qualified fourth and finished one place back, so I am optimistic about having a good run again and winning the top independent battle. I’m excited about seeing my fans and I will try my hardest to give them something to cheer about!"

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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