Pol Espargaro Ignores Pain, Looks Forward to Sepang

The younger Espargaro brother is keen to snatch a good result in Malaysia although he's been bothered in the last few days by a minor injury to his right hand. Pol Espargaro jumped off the bike in the first day of the Phillip Island Grand Prix and, with the help of a few painkillers, he managed to get back in the race and finish on the fifth place with 26 seconds behind the leader. But even so, Espargaro hopes to get a good result in Malaysia to get closer to Sandro Cortese and Bradley Smith who currently reside in eighth and ninth respectively.

“At Phillip Island I simply took some painkillers from Clinica Mobile and got on with it. It was fine at the beginning of the race but they started to wear off and I was suffering a bit towards the end. Anyway, we weren't able to run at the front due to the setting of the bike which we couldn't get right all weekend,” Pol Espargaro told the official MotoGP website.

Espargaro admitted that getting a solid performance in the last two races could save a disappointing season for both Belson Derbi riders although Pol's teammate Joan Olive is the sixth name in the overall standings with 133 points.

“This year we have had too many disappointments and have not been able to achieve the success we want. I've worked really hard but have just been missing that bit of luck. I wanted to be higher in the standings but it just hasn't been possible. In the last two races I will be looking for that elusive victory for me and the team,” he said.

Pol Espargaro debuted in the 125cc MotoGP series in 2006 riding a Derbi, but had a disappointing season and finished on the 20th position. He improved his performance next year when he switched to Aprilia, ranking 9th at the end of the 2007 season. His personal bests include two second positions and a pole-position in the 2008 edition of the Catalunya GP.
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