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13/11/2013 ESPARGARO ENDS 2013 ON A HIGH

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New Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro enjoyed a fantastic end to 2013 today, producing impressive performances on the final day of MotoGP testing at the Ricardo Tormo track action in Valencia.

Espargaro’s magnificent first test on board the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 package ended brilliantly for the Spaniard, who was able finish inside the top six with a fastest pace of 1.31.533.

The new Moto2 World Champion was less than a second behind Smith and delighted with his progress, as he quickly adapted to the YZR-M1 and his new crew over the three-day test.

Espargaro continued to build up his knowledge of Bridgestone tyres and the vast array of electronic rider aids available.

Pol Espargaro 6th 1.31.533 – 28 laps:

It has been an emotional and very positive first test for me and honestly things went better than I expected. Our main aim at the moment is to make me feel comfortable and understand the bike and that’s what we have done again today. I steadily improved my lap time compared to yesterday and this is what we are looking for. Today we started to change a few electronic settings to give me an idea about how the bike behaves with more or less traction control or engine braking. I’m still trying to adjust my riding style to MotoGP but I think it will still take me a lot of time, as I did not even complete 150 laps. The positive thing is that we already know many areas where we can improve in and this makes me very excited for the next season. My first experience of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team has been incredible and I am really excited to work closely with my crew next season to have a good start to my MotoGP career. I’m really looking forward to going to Sepang in February and experience this fantastic bike on another track.”