Pol Espargaro fights to sixth in chaotic Aragon race
Pol Espargaro persevered through the difficult weather conditions today at Aragon to finish right behind his teammate in 6th position.
The young Spanish rider who ran strongly all weekend continued his hot streak of form in the 23 lap race which he began from the head of the second row in 4th. He bolted forward and completed the opening lap in 5th position as he ran right behind the factory MotoGP riders.
The Spaniard remained focused and by the third lap he was running in 4th as he became locked into a battle with Andrea Dovizioso. The rookie unfortunately ran wide during the 8th lap and was moved back to 7th as he fought the challenging circuit but showed complete resolve to move back up to 5th by the lap 12.
With four laps remaining as the rain was falling stronger, Espargaro swapped to his wet bike to then reclaim 5th shortly after pitting. As the end got closer he held off Alvaro Bautista to finish 6th at the chequered flag in what was another strong performance for the premier class rookie.
“I really can’t hide how disappointed I am as it is the 3rd time this year that we have been incredibly unlucky with the weather conditions. In Assen we were fast for the entire weekend and sitting right on the starting grid when the rain arrived and then the same happened two weeks later in Germany. Here we at least managed to show a strong first half of the race, but unfortunately I made a mistake and while I was catching up on Andrea to regain 4th position it started to rain again. I decided to copy the strategy of the more experienced riders in front of me but that clearly wasn’t the right choice as we lost a lot of time. It’s truly frustrating, as with just a few more dry minutes we would have ended the weekend in a completely different manner. However, that’s racing and we will try again in Japan in a couple of weeks of time.”
Source: Tech3 Communications