The Spanish rider, who returns to KTM with its rebranded Tech3 GasGas squad for the 2023 season, stated it was “tough to simply accept” the staff’s determination to pause growth on his bike forward of his departure.
Espargaro struggled this season, ending 16th within the standings with a finest end of third on the season opener in Qatar and repeatedly said his unhappiness later within the 12 months at Honda electing to cease giving him new components upon information of his KTM return.
He says he solely felt like a manufacturing facility Honda rider for one 12 months due to a “fully redundant” 2022 during which he confronted the “similar issues each single weekend.”
Requested whether or not he felt Honda’s determination to not give him new components was them wanting extra on the brief time period, he stated: “It is how I labored at KTM. At KTM, till Valencia, I used to be testing new issues.
“In Valencia, it was the primary time I used to be attempting the rear system for them, which is essential stuff now, so I used to be testing within the final race the rear system for them and I helped them enhance it.
“It is alternative ways of working. I feel the one I am leaving is the improper one, I actually assume so nevertheless it’s their method of doing issues. I am no person to inform them methods to do issues, I am only a rider that rides a motorbike, that is it.
“It is tough to simply accept, however on the finish of the day, it results in the identical place. It is not my manufacturing facility, it isn’t my bike, I am only a man that they pay to experience a motorbike, that is it. I do no matter they wish to.
“For certain, I do not prefer it, and I really feel like they’re losing their money and time with me, as a result of I may very well be motivated and full energy and doing outcomes and having fun with issues extra.
“However on the finish of the day, I do not know if they do not do it as a result of they do not wish to or as a result of they cannot, so that is the purpose the place I’m now.”
Talking in the course of the Valencia weekend, his final with the staff, Espargaro expressed his disappointment at his time with the squad and stated he was “unhappy” for the state of affairs.
He added: “I felt that I used to be a manufacturing facility Honda rider for one 12 months. This 12 months it has been fully redundant, with the identical issues each single weekend, each race, and actually struggling.
Pol Espargaro, Tech3 GASGAS Manufacturing unit Racing
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“When I’m struggling usually it is the way in which to discover a resolution. Not all riders have the identical driving model so you must adapt the bike to every rider, that is the way in which to enhance, nevertheless it was not the case.
“So I am unhappy for this example as a result of I feel I’ve enormous potential. I used to be top-of-the-line within the pre-season and likewise in Qatar, however for the reason that outcomes begin to bend slightly as a result of regular issues seem.
“That is MotoGP, it is by no means the identical. It’s good to hold bettering and hold doing issues to be higher, however we did not. Effectively, I did not, in my facet of the pitbox.
“In order that’s the explanation why I hold struggling a lot and on the finish of the day, it finally ends up the way in which it’s now which is gloomy, as a result of I feel I’ve potential and hopefully I’ll present it sooner or later.”
Espargaro stated his two years at Honda had been “probably the most tough two years in my sporting profession”, and had additionally affected his private life.
He stated: “From the nice issues, you be taught so much, however from the unhealthy issues I feel you be taught much more – methods to handle the unhealthy and demanding conditions.
“I can let you know these two years have been probably the most tough two years in my sporting profession, as a result of it isn’t the identical factor doing unhealthy outcomes carrying regular colors on a traditional bike.
“Doing unhealthy outcomes carrying these colors is tremendous painful. Truthfully, in my private life, this impacts rather a lot.
“I’ve two daughters at residence who’re two and to get pleasure from them whereas I used to be doing these outcomes was fairly tough for me.
“Particularly you be taught that the nice moments, you actually need to get pleasure from them, as a result of they’re brief and quick and the unhealthy moments right here harm so much as a result of everyone seems to be seeing you.
“So hopefully subsequent 12 months and the subsequent two years, good issues are going to return, and I will get pleasure from them slightly bit extra due to these two years.”