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By Team Suzuki Ecstar

Espargaro quick to congratulate Viñales

Suzuki rider seventh at Silverstone and happy to see teammate take historic win

After Maverick Viñales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) dominated Sunday’s Octo British Grand Prix race at Silverstone, with a victory aboard the GSX-RR by more than three seconds, his teammate Aleix Espargaro was amongst the first to congratulate his young colleague.

Espargaro has played his part in the Japanese factory’s successful return to the World Championship and after Suzuki’s first victory since Chris Vermuelen won a wet Le Mans race in France in 2007 he reflected positively on the result for his team.

Espargaro himself put in a strong performance aboard his GSX-RR to finish in seventh position. It was also a credit to him that he focused professionally on the job in the restarted race having seen his brother Pol Espargaro stretchered away after a crash in the initial race start.

Aleix Espargaro: “Finally I could end the race and we finished not that far from the leaders. We still need to work hard to make further improvements, being patient and working step by step. At the same time, I’m really happy for my team-mate Maverick and to see the Suzuki on the top-step of the podium, it’s incredible the evolution that we have made in the last 20 months after our comeback to MotoGP, and this whole Suzuki family deserves this result; we will continue fighting to achieve better results also before the end of the season.”