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Tech3s Smith And Espargaro Head West To Texas Showdown
Posted by: newsla on Apr 09, 2014 - 08:10 PM
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Tech3s Smith And Espargaro Head West To Texas Showdown


Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will once again commence battle at the Circuit of the Americas, this weekend for round two of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.

 

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The recently constructed Texan circuit is an impressive race track located near the state capital, Austin, which hosted its first MotoGP race last year in what was a fantastic spectacle in front of thousands of delighted fans. This weekend will see the young line up of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team assault the 5.513 kilometre circuit, which features fast sweeping curves and a huge elevation change of 41 metres, as the riders once again pursue closing the gap to the leading MotoGP bikes.

Britain’s Bradley Smith will aim to be the leading satellite bike with his excellent qualifying and start, at the opening round highlighting his potential for the season. Whilst, rookie Pol Espargaro, who has strongly adapted to his new Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike, will aim to continue to gain experience and grow in confidence at his second, premier class race with the Spanish rider now being again close to full fitness.

Bradley Smith:
“I am really looking forward to the Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend in Texas. After a couple of weeks off since Qatar, I have refocused and am determined to carry on trying to challenge the front runners. The Yamaha feels really good this year and I am full of confidence, thanks to my team and a very strong pre-season. It was an unfortunate end to the first race, but there are many positives to be taken from the experience, and I am looking forward to giving it my all at the Austin track where I scored my first championship points last year”.

Pol Espargaro:
“I can’t wait to ride the Yamaha YZR-M1 around the Circuit of the Americas this week, as I think the fast corners will suit the style of the Yamaha, and I am eager to experience the bike on such a spectacular race track. I feel my shoulder is much better now and I am getting more used to the demands of a MotoGP bike after having adapted my riding style. The team have also been very good in working with me and I learnt a lot at Qatar. Of course I was disappointed that I didn’t score any points, even though my retirement was really unfortunate, but I feel confident of a good result here at the second MotoGP race“.

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:

“It goes without saying that Qatar was not ideal for us, and unfortunately luck wasn’t on our side. But even if the results were not what we have expected the performances of both of our riders were promising. Texas this week is a new challenge and we are definitely prepared and eager to get the action on track going. The circuit and its facilities are excellent and judging from last year, the race will be superb for the fans to watch. For Bradley, we are confident that he is able to push towards the front and battle for the leading satellite rider position. As for Pol, we hope for him to continue his learning progress which might see him fighting with the other satellite bikes. Both riders are doing well, and we are all sure that this weekend will be a memorable one, at such a great circuit”.


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