Espargaro finally back on the podium after tough race in Malaysia
The HP Tuenti Racing rider, who first rode a Moto2 bike in late August in Indianapolis last year, has done an excellent race and took over second in the opening laps, then rode in a lonely third, ahead of his brother Aleix, and only in the final laps had to manage his gap to Alex de Angelis to take a podium which tastes like a win.
With this result Polyccio moves up to 12th position in the championship after scoring points in the last six races, including two podiums, something only four other riders have managed in Moto2.
3. Pol Espargaró: “It was a tough race, the toughest of my life, and in the end I’ve taken the prize of a podium which feels like a win. At the start of the race I tried to follow Bradl and Luthi, but their rhythm was slightly faster than mine and I still have to learn a bit more the riding style in Moto2 to fight for victory in equal conditions. Mid-race I decided to secure the podium, but in the final laps they informed me that De Angelis was approaching and I had to push again even though the tyres were completely destroyed.
I am very happy and want to take this opportunity to thank the team and sponsors for the support they have given me and for the patience they had with me when I was just 28th. Surely in another environment it would have destroyed me and I would’ve had difficulty to stay on top.
It was a shame not to share the podium with my brother Aleix, something I thought might be possible at the beginning of the race, but I go home happy and eager to finish the season in Valencia with a good result. Today has again shown that when you work hard, use your head and believe in your possibilities, everything is possible, even the most challenging task.”
Source: HP Tuenti