Strong 7th at Catalunya for Pol Espargaro ends difficult weekend

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Pol Espargaro rode to a hard fought 7th place in his home race at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

The young Spaniard undertook a positive start from 10th on the grid to jump up three places by the end of the first lap.

With the ever-present threat of rain and thunderstorms looming over the 4727 metre circuit but only spitting marginally towards the end, Espargaro set into a steady and formidable rhythm to maintain this position for the majority of the race distance.

On lap 16 Espargaro became locked into a tremendous fight with Andrea Dovizioso aboard the Factory Ducati. Espargaro bravely fought right to the finish line, brilliantly holding off his vastly experienced opponent.

The 7th place finish marks the rookies 6th successive top ten finish with his total points tally in the championship increasing to 58, leaving him in 6th and remaining as the leading satellite bike overall during his first season in the premier class with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team.

Pol Espargaro
“We’ve been struggling a bit during the whole weekend, so to finish today’s race in 7th is still an acceptable result. Of course it’s a bit disappointing especially after the strong performance of Le Mans and Mugello and I clearly aimed to do better at my home race, but things don’t always go according to plan. I’m losing quite a lot of time in the fast corners here, especially in sector 4, as I’m lacking rear grip and I think we will work on this tomorrow at the test by experimenting with different traction control settings. It’s an issue we are always experiencing with high temperatures so we clearly have to try to improve it. However, I’m pleased I could fight with Dovizioso down to the line and keeping him behind me. I want to thank the team for the great job this weekend and we will try to challenge to be the best satellite bike again in Assen.”

Source: Tech3 Communications

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