MotoGP »

MotoGP Jerez: Bitter sweet taste for fourth best Espargaro

A mistake on his fastest qualifying lap kept Pol Espargaro off the front row of the Spanish MotoGP, still happy with his performance
Pol Espargaro admitted his Spanish MotoGP qualifying performance left a bitter sweet taste as he narrowly missed out on a front row start.

The Tech 3 Yamaha rider was on course for a top-three time on his flying lap until a mistake in the third sector meant he could place no higher than fourth.

With team-mate Bradley Smith struggling throughout the weekend to recreate his early season speed, Espargaro was as high as second in Saturday morning's FP3 session before qualifying on the front of the second row.

“I am super happy with my performance today and it was a positive day overall for us,” said Espargaro. “We had two sets of new tyres for Q2 which meant that we opted to do two runs only. During the second, my first lap was really strong but unfortunately, I made a slight mistake and ran wide in the third sector of the circuit.

“Everything is so tight in this championship so even the smallest of mistakes can cost you a lot of positions. Therefore, the result leaves a bit of a bitter sweat taste in my mouth as I could have been on the front row, but at the same time I am very happy, especially after the tricky qualifying that we had in Argentina.

“I am definitely looking forward to the race tomorrow even though we all know that factors usually change a bit overnight. Valentino is behind us and of course he will have a strong showing, but we intend to have a good start and then stay with the guys in front.”

While Espargaro spoke of his preference for the harder rear tyre on Friday afternoon, Saturday's shakedown provided more data for the softer option. The 24-year admitted he is yet to make his final decision.

“The key for tomorrow will be tyre management especially in these incredibly hot conditions, but I am very excited to be racing again in my home country.”

Tagged as: Smith , Espargaro , Bradl

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pol Espargaro, Spanish MotoGP 2015
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP 2016
Bradl Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Aleix Espargaro, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Bradl, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Miller, Smith Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Miller, Barbera, Bradl Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Maverick Vinales, Aleix Espargaro, Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Bradl, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Aleix Espargaro, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Pol Espargaro, Crutchlow Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP Race 2016
Aleix Espargaro, Dovizioso, Vinales Australian MotoGP, 23rd October 2016
Dovizioso, Espargaro, Vinales Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Espargaro, Dovizioso Australian MotoGP 2016
Aleix Espargaro, Dovizioso Australian MotoGP, 23rd October 2016
Smith, Laverty Australian MotoGP 2016

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.