Pol Espargaro is aiming to consolidate his bid to become the top satellite rider in this year's MotoGP World Championship this weekend at Brno in the Czech Republic.

Espargaro is the leading independent rider in the standings in eighth place and the Spaniard has his sights set on finishing inside the first eight on Sunday.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider, who will join current team-mate Bradley Smith in the factory KTM team in 2017, feels Brno will be better suited to his Yamaha M1 than the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where he finished 10th on Sunday.

"I am excited about heading to the Czech republic because the circuit is great fun to ride and it also means that there is not long to wait until I can get back on my Yamaha to do my best on the track," he said.

"The Austria weekend was tough and we always knew it would be due to the nature of the track, so to end up in 10th was kind of a damage limitation even though I obviously want to complete the race much higher up.

"I think that the Brno circuit will suit the Yamaha much more than Austria and I am sure that we can score a more rewarding result there, which will help my championship position as the standings are getting more competitive all the time," Espargaro added.

"I felt very comfortable on my M1 in Germany and I expect to regain the same confidence in the Czech Republic in order to be straight on the pace on Friday. I am confident that we can have a better time in Brno, and I'm looking forward to fighting near the front on Sunday."

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