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German MotoGP: Espargaro ‘feeling strong’, Smith ‘primed’

"I still felt the best I have so far this year" - Pol Espargaro.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith are both confident of fighting for top satellite honours at this weekend's German MotoGP.

A DNF at Assen meant rookie Espargaro lost sixth in the world championship to older brother Aleix, but he remains ten points clear of Smith in tenth.

“Last race was my first experience in the wet aboard a MotoGP bike and despite the end result not being a true reflection of my potential on the bike, I still felt the best I have so far this year on the Yamaha which included topping the opening practice session,” said reigning Moto2 champion Pol.

“I feel really optimistic of a strong result this weekend, whatever the weather decides to do.

“With the track being very tight and with not much of a straight, there's no rest therefore we are on it for the entire race, so for sure it will be a challenging one. I feel strong aboard the bike at the moment and I am convinced that I can at least challenge for, if not clinch, the position of the leading satellite bike in Germany."

Smith claimed eighth place at Assen, but was buoyed by setting the third fastest race lap.

“After the conditions caused a bit of a strange race at Assen, I was still able to put together a really strong race pace when the track dried out which is really positive,” he said.

“At Sachsenring I hope to emulate this and scoop a top result. My joint best [2013] position of sixth was achieved here last year and with the nature of the circuit suiting the Yamaha I'm confident we can do even better this week.

“The tyres will be vital at this track as there are ten left corners but only three right, plus it could rain... I am primed and ready to gun for a top five this weekend, I look forward to putting on a great show plus riding the Waterfall again!"

Smith will be one of three MotoGP riders trying out a revised Turn 11 ('Waterfall' corner) layout on Thursday, using temporary kerbing.

Cal Crutchlow finished second at Sachsenring for Tech 3 last year and team manager Hervé Poncharal is again targeting a top six for both riders.

"There is a chance of rain showers throughout the weekend so we will have to be prepared to ensure the boys are both ready for a potential wet race again,” he said. “Last year on the whole was a great result for us, where we scored a 2nd placed finish and both riders finished inside the top six. We will be aiming for Pol and Brad to be in the top six again this year."

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July 09, 2014 4:58 PM
Last Edited 67 days ago

"Blah blah blah positives blah blah momentum blah blah showed we're fast blah." How can anyone take any of this seriously? 10th in the WC in their second year on a near factory bike. Come on, it's almost silly at this point. Waiting for the disagrees from the "he was fast for one lap" camp.


July 09, 2014 5:07 PM

Smith...the only reason you finished 6th here last year is because DP and JL didn't show up. Please get it together. Forget SBK, you're going to end up in BSB having you're backside handed to you by Shakey Byrne and Kiyo at this rate.

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