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Pol Espargaro: “positive end to my time with Tech 3”

Sixth on Sunday in his final race with the squad, the Spaniard now moves to KTM

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had a positive final race of 2016 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, with a ride to P6 just beating Sepang winner Andrea Dovizioso over the line. That made Espargaro the top Independent Team rider in the race once again – something he has made a habit of throughout 2016 – although wasn’t quite able to take the title of best Independent Team rider in the overall Championship standings.

After three years together – since graduating to the premier class as Moto2™ World Champion at the end of 2013 – Espargaro now moves on to a new challenge with Red Bull KTM Factory racing.

Pol Espargaro (P6): "It was my last race in black and green for Yamaha and the result today marks a positive end to my time with Tech3. This finish will keep my morale, as well as the team’s, up over the winter break and it’s a good way to end our journey together. We concluded the season as it began, which is in the top independent rider position, even if it has been a challenging year at times because unfortunately, we didn’t quite secure the best satellite placement in standings in the end. However, we always did our best and I have to thank the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team for giving their all in the years that we have worked together. Plus, I must say thanks to them for teaching me how to ride a MotoGP bike. We’ve shared some happy moments and some not so great ones. Our first year was excellent, but then we had a tough second one, yet in 2016 we have tried to handle the situations as best as we could. With regards to today’s race, I think the opening laps were crucial and sadly, we lost a lot of time there. After though, my rhythm was quite similar to the pace of the factory guys in front of me. For the entire GP, I had my brother behind me, but I was never sure if he was struggling to stay with me, or if he wanted to overtake. Fortunately, I kept him behind which allowed us to catch Dovi, who then acted as a barrier between me and Aleix and I made the most of this. Once again, I have to say thanks to everyone in the team for their work in the past three years and I will take a lot of memories of Tech3 away with me."

MotoGP™ grid on the #ValenciaGP Race