Espargaro takes points again at Aragon but “it was a disaster”
Pol Espargaro has taken two points at the Grand Prix of Aragon, where last year he took the win in the 125cc class, finishing 14th only two seconds behind fifth position. With this result the HP Tuenti Racing rider moves up two positions in the overall standings and is now 15th in the Moto2 championship with 45 points. His goal in the final stretch of the season with four races to go is to get into the Top 10.
Polyccio made a good start and, finishing eighth in qualifying, seemed to have a chance to fight in the lead group, but the engine acceleration problems and rebound at the front have kept him from doing so. The podium was fading for him with every lap, when his pace of low 1.55s was almost half a second slower than the front group.
The next race will take place within two weeks in Motegi (Japan, October 2).
14. Pol Espargaro: “I’ve taken two points, but for me it was a disaster because we aspired to a lot more at a circuit where I’ve won last year in front of all the fans. I’ve started well and hoped to hang on to the leading group, but at no moment I felt comfortable on the bike. The temperature has changed a lot compared to the practice sessions and the compound of the hard tyre didn’t go well for me throughout the weekend, but also the engine didn’t accelerate as good as usual and people were overtaking me everywhere. In the corners I had to work hard to keep the bike on the line and compensate for the bouncing of the front. I hope to be more competitive in Japan and the remaining races until the end of the season and the good news is that even with the problems we had, we are two seconds behind my brother Aleix who finished in fifth place. I expected more from this weekend, but it wasn’t to be and we will have to work to move up.”
Source: HP Tuenti