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Pol Espargaro: ‘Painful’ post-race penalty after passing Jack Miller, beating Augusto Fernandez | MotoGP

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However a three-second post-race penalty for exceeding observe limits not solely dropped the GASGAS rider behind each Miller and Fernandez, however exterior of the factors to sixteenth, the place he had began.

After a powerful sixth within the Dash, the injured Espargaro knew he confronted a gruelling bodily take a look at throughout his first dry grand prix race of the season.

“Within the Dash race I might handle to compensate with different elements of the physique,” defined Espargaro, who suffered severe neck and again accidents at Portimao. “However I awakened [Sunday] morning in actually powerful bodily circumstances.

“The race was very popular! Very powerful and really demanding. I struggled quite a bit.

“I didn’t really feel good, I didn’t really feel quick and I couldn’t use my physique to enhance the drive or not waste a lot tyre. For certain you lose quite a lot of efficiency.

“On the finish, I discovered myself behind Miller and I might overtake him and end in entrance of my team-mate. I believed ‘Not too unhealthy…’ However then I noticed the penalty and that I used to be behind them on the [results].

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“It was a bit painful, however, OK. The goal for this weekend was to do Dash race and finish the [Grand Prix] race as finest I might. I completed in P14 which might have been some factors. That’s all that issues. The [penalty] will not be necessary.

“Now we transfer to Barcelona and Misano and each weekend goes to be a little bit bit higher.

“P14 will not be unhealthy in any respect, however for certain I need extra. I don’t wish to be so removed from Binder.”

Espargaro continues to have nerve ache in his neck from the Portimao follow accidents, “however even like that, I used to be performing this weekend, in entrance of 1 GASGAS and one KTM on Sunday within the race. Within the Dash once you simply have to push aggressively, I used to be near Miller…so it was not unhealthy in any respect.”

The ending order of the RC16s has taken on rising significance after KTM’s house occasion handed and not using a public announcement on the place Moto2 title chief Pedro Acosta might be positioned.

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Each Espargaro and Fernandez say they’ve a contract for subsequent season, however with the manufacturing unit’s quest for extra grid locations apparently thwarted, one of many Tech3 riders may have to make manner.

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