Espargaro hopes to carry form to Mugello

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team rider Pol Espargaro hopes to carry his good showing last time in France to the Mugello Circuit when the MotoGP championship moves to Italy this weekend.

Last time out in France on May 8, Espargaro got a fifth place at his team’s home grand prix for his fifth top eight finish of the season.

In the MotoGP rider standings, Espargaro lies in sixth place with 47 points well behind top-placed Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo on 90 points.

In an interview with the official MotoGP site, the 24-year-old Spaniard said he had no plans on changing his performance in Italy.

“As usual, I am looking forward to going to Mugello and racing at the world famous circuit. There really is no track like it on the planet and it is one of my favourite Grand Prix’s,” said Espargaro.

“Having said that, we know that this weekend will be a real challenge because the circuit demands speed, especially with the long straight. I truly believe that it won’t be easy to fight against the satellite Ducati’s who will certainly be strong because of their power on their home track.

“Yet, we will do our best to come out on top and we have to get another good result in order to continue the progression that we have made so far this year.

“The team and I have made some positive steps forward since the Jerez test and I feel confident on the bike now, so we need to get to work straight away in order to reach our target of being the top independent rider on Sunday afternoon again.”