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Espargaro: “I am quite satisfied with what we achieved”

Espargaro: “I am quite satisfied with what we achieved”

A successful first 2016 test for Pol Espargaro as he concludes two days of testing in Valencia with the ninth fastest time.

2016 is all about change in the MotoGP™ World Championship as all riders will run 17-inch Michelin tyres and a new unified spec electronic package. Pol Espargaro was one of the riders most eager for the switch to Michelins, the former Moto2™ World Champion feeling that the French tyres would suit his riding style better than the Bridgestones. It wasn’t an easy switch as the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was the victim of several crashes including one while hard on the brakes into Turn 1. Still more changes in riding style are required for the Spaniard, and many other riders in the MotoGP™ class.

Along with testing the new tyres, Espargaro was also running with the former 2015 factory Yamaha machine, the same bike he will begin his 2016 championship on. On his penultimate lap, Espargaro set a 1’31.619 which saw him end the test ninth and just over half a second back on the fastest rider of the two days, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).  The MotoGP™ paddock now enter the winter break before reconvening in Sepang on the first of February for the traditional Sepang test.

Pol Espargaro: “Overall, I am quite satisfied with what we achieved in the test, although, of course, there are many factors to improve in the future as it was just the first time on the new bike with the new tyres. The day didn’t start perfectly as I fell in the morning which made me lose a bit of time, but the team repaired the bike quickly. Then, together with the Michelin guys, we started to work on getting a better feeling in the front and achieved our goal. I was able to set a solid lap time and although it wasn’t incredible, I’m very pleased as the rhythm was good and we must remember that it was only the first two days of pre season testing so we can be satisfied with our performance.

“There are a lot of things that can change in the future, plus I need to adapt my riding style more to suit to the Michelin tyres. Also, I think that the riders who were using softer tyres this season, have a slight advantage at the moment as they are used to a higher level of rear grip compared to us and that’s definitely a characteristic of Michelin tyres. However, altogether I’m satisfied with how this test went, but we need to bear in mind that all tracks are different and Sepang is very dissimilar when compared to Valencia, so we will see how things go in February. Nevertheless, I am already looking forward to getting back on the my Yamaha after the winter break.”


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