Defective tyre and crash spoil great race result for Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro returned without a reward after a brilliant weekend of intense work, crashing out of the race when he was seventh with Simone Corsi and seeing on the horizon a group of five which has fought for the three podium positions. Polyccio got back on the bike and has managed to finish the race, although in the 28th position and with a bad taste in the mouth after looking at the telemetry and finding out that the cause of the bumping on the front and the subsequent crash was due to a defective tire.
The Tuenti Racing rider, who started from the second row of the grid with the sixth fastest time, has not been successful when the lights went out, losing half a dozen positions and starting his comeback from the third lap. In the sixth lap he was ninth and in the ninth lap already seventh, with the same pace as the front runners. Polyccio continues to progress in Moto2 and reduces the gap to the fastest guys in the class, the reason why this week he and the team will remain in Mugello to improve the setting of the bike and his riding performance.
The next race will take place within two weeks at the Sachsenring (Germany), the midpoint of the 2011 world championship.
28. Pol Espargaro: “I’m sad and angry because I could not finish the weekend with a good result and I have gone down when I was seventh and had a good race pace. At the start and in the first two laps I didn’t do well and I lost half a dozen positions. Then I started to ride fast, same as the front guys, and I started to pick up positions to get seventh. My idea was to follow Corsi and try to get closer to the first group, but I had a lot of bumping on the front and I’ve had a couple of moments. Afterwards we saw that the front tyre was defective, a real pity! Mid-race I lost grip at the front wheel and I crashed, burying all options to achieve the result we expected and deserved for the work done by the whole team. Every day I am closer, but I do not finish it off with a good result. This week we will be back at Mugello to get back to practice and try to improve and seek solutions that bring us closer to our goal.”
Source: HP Tuenti