Pol Espargaro says he has full trust in Tech 3 and Yamaha to give him the best machinery possible to challenge for a top six result in the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno following a frustrating first half to the season.

Having had his deal with Yamaha extended by another year ahead of the Indianapolis Grand Prix, Espargaro has nonetheless struggled to match the form of team-mate Bradley Smith and complained of being uncomfortable on the bike in the US, especially the rear grip.

Despite this, Espargaro has faith that Yamaha and Tech 3 will work with him to overcome this, starting with this weekend's Brno event.

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"I'm looking forward to the Czech Grand Prix, not only as it's awesome to ride but also because it's my 150th race start. Therefore, I am fully determined to get a strong result to celebrate this statistic. After a bit of an up and down season so far, I am confident about being comfortable on the bike and I am ready to get up to where I need to be, which is right behind the factory riders.

"I've had some great battles in Brno in the past as well as a few podium finishes so I hope that we can put on a good show again this weekend. Of course, we must get everything set up straight away in order to be prepared, especially for qualifying where we must be ready so that we can ensure a good grid position, as this is vital for the final race result.

"However, I fully trust my team and Yamaha as I know they will give me everything I need to be fast. I can't wait to steer my M1 around the hills in the Czech Republic and do my best to grab a top six finish!"