Pol Espargaro takes excellent fifth place at Indianapolis

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Pol Espargaro completed the beginning of the second half of his debut season in the premier class by riding to a brilliantly undertaken 5th place in Indianapolis.

The 23 year old began the race from 6th on the grid after a successful qualifying campaign and rocketed forward to be close to the leading MotoGP bikes for the opening lap.

On the 7th lap, Espargaro set into a confident rhythm matching the times of the leading five, with the reigning Moto2 World Champion rapidly closing down the 6th place of Andrea Iannone and passing him on lap 12 to clinch the position.

Espargaro then firmly set about taking time out of the Factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, before dispatching him on lap 20 and meeting the chequered flag in a well deserved 5th place.

His efforts today saw Espargaro achieve the highest speed on a Yamaha with 341.8 kmh, as well as aiding his advance to 6th in the World Championship standings.

Pol Espargaro
“I’m reasonably happy, as it has been a good race but not an incredible one. We collected important points for the championship, I learned a lot as well today and we definitely gave our best so I have to be satisfied with the result. In addition, having just the four factory bikes in front of me I can’t complain too much. My start was ok and at the beginning I tried everything to stay with Dani, but during the opening laps he was really strong and escaped quite quickly. Afterwards my race was a very lonely one until I caught Dovizioso, then I tried to push a bit harder to open a gap to him and later on I just tried to not to make any mistakes. Indy has been a good start to the second part of the championship but I’m already looking forward to Brno next week where I aim to improve further.”

Source: Tech3 Communications

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