Es­par­garó waves ‘ bye bye’ to Yamaha

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Alex Lowes’ Suzuka team-mate Pol Es­par­garó has ad­mit­ted that the Suzuka vic­tory, his sec­ond on the trot, was per­haps even more poignant as it marks his swan­song after three years with the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer.

Set to make a move to KTM in Mo­togp in 2017 – and to most likely end his as­so­ci­a­tion with Suzuka for the fore­see­able fu­ture – the Spa­niard ad­mit­ted that it was the per­fect way to mark his de­par­ture.

“It was such an emo­tional win. There are still races to go with Yamaha in Mo­togp, but it felt like the last best mo­ment with them. It’s been three beau­ti­ful years with them, and the win felt like the big ‘bye bye’ for me and for them. I’m so happy for them, be­cause they put ev­ery­thing they have on the ta­ble to let us win, and they let us make his­tory.

“I can­not ex­plain how happy I am. A lot of peo­ple said that the first time would be the best, but the sec­ond time can be even bet­ter! We had such an amaz­ing feel­ing with the rid­ers; last year it was good but this year it was re­ally special.

“Maybe it’s be­cause I know it’s the last one, but I tried to feel the vic­tory a lit­tle more than last year and it was beau­ti­ful. I would love to come back but I want KTM to just fo­cus on Mo­togp for now though – although you never know in the fu­ture!”

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