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By Monster Yamaha Tech3

Pol Espargaro: “I played all my cards”

A front row start for ‘Polyccio’ turns into a solid top five finish

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) shone in qualifying at Phillip Island to take a P3 start, and the rider from Granollers put the pedal to the metal off the line to take the holeshot and the early lead of the race. Battling at the front throughout the first half, Espargaro couldn’t quite stay in contention for the podium  – but did take some impressive scalps as he crossed the line for an impressive top five finish.

Pol Espargaro (P5): "Today I played all my cards and we have to leave Phillip Island feeling pleased about our performance over the weekend. The start itself was good and I put myself at the front of the field, plus I didn’t make any mistakes. In addition, I tried to brake smoothly and not take unnecessary risks throughout the GP. However, I can’t help but feel a bit frustrated when I think about how the factory riders passed me, whilst I was trying to fight with them, but I guess that’s how things go. Yet, I know that we gave our all and I have to say that the team is continuing to work in the same way that they did on our first day together, even if there are only a couple more races left together, and I appreciate that a lot. I think we were probably a bit lucky that there was limited dry track time this weekend because I believe this is why we were in front of a few factory guys today. However, looking at the results we have to be happy with what we are taking away from this GP and we will keep fighting for another strong result next week in Malaysia."

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