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Pol Espargaró: “We can do much better than last year”

Pol Espargaró: “We can do much better than last year”

The young Spanish rider discusses the developments in the garage of Bainet Derbi as he prepares for his first test of the pre-season, on his home track the Circuit de Catalunya.

Pol Espargaró was one of the great entertainers in last year’s 125cc World Championship, not just for his two victories – he collected five podiums in total – but for his spectacular riding style and hunger for victory which did not go unnoticed by racing fans.

After a long winter break, the younger of the Espargaró brothers – Aleix races in the premier class in 2010 – is preparing for his third full season in the World Championship. Next week, at Circuit de Catalunya, he will attend the test with some of his rivals for the 2010 125cc title as he attempts to begin his adaptation to the developments which have taken place in the Bainet Derbi garage.

“I like the fact that the first contact with the bike after such a long break will be so close to my home,” explained Espargaró, who is from Granollers, very close to the Montmeló track. “It gives me confidence because I like the circuit and feel comfortable there, so I start with that added incentive.”

The 18 year-old rider will begin the 2010 season with a new technical chief, plus a new telemetry specialist and another mechanic, and whilst he has not ridden the bike preparations are well underway.

“We have planned how we’ll work, and have spoken a lot about the technical developments so we know what we have to do,” explained Espargaró. “We are very motivated and are prepared to work as hard as possible to try and win.”

Reviewing last season, Espargaró said: “It wasn’t a bad campaign, we got two wins, almost three, because I fell on the final lap (when in first position at Misano) but I can always improve. I fell in France, on other occasions the bike didn’t work well, as at Montmeló. At Donington we also had bad luck. I think it wasn’t a bad season, but bad luck had a part. Now we must focus on the new season and the new bike. I think that we can do very well, much better than last year.”

For Espargaró, the dream remains to take the title riding a Derbi bike. He stated: “If I win on a Derbi as a Catalán rider who lives near Martorelles (the town near Barcelona where the Spanish manufacturer’s factory is located) it would be very important. For me it would be the most important thing that could happen in my life, and from a young age this has been my objective. For the team it would be a great achievement.”

Looking at the grid for the 2010 125cc World Championship, Espargaró added: “I am convinced there will be many riders in front of me who will battle hard in every race. There is no Julián Simón which makes things easier, because he was very fast, but there will be other riders like Bradley Smith, Marc Márquez, Nico Terol and my team-mate Efrén Vázquez. I will try to beat them and be better, but it’s clear I’m not short of rivals!”

125cc, 2010, Pol Espargaro, Tuenti Racing

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