Espargaro’s KTM exit and signing to the manufacturing facility Honda squad for 2021 was one of many largest rider market shocks of the 2020 marketing campaign, particularly when KTM emerged as a race winner final season.
Affected by restricted testing this 12 months as a result of COVID pandemic, Espargaro has largely struggled to adapt to the RC213V – his greatest end result a fifth at Silverstone having claimed pole that weekend when climate and observe circumstances completely suited the tough 2021 Honda, which has been badly affected by a scarcity of rear grip.
Having certified fourth at Misano final Sunday, Espargaro went on to finish a Honda 1-2 behind teammate Marc Marquez to safe his best-ever end in MotoGP.
Commenting on his maiden Honda podium, Espargaro stated: “It means quite a bit to interrupt this wall of the rostrum right here in Repsol Honda, it is ache aid.
“I took an enormous threat in my profession final 12 months [leaving KTM] and truthfully everybody noticed I used to be struggling quite a bit in the course of the 12 months.
“However, lastly to get this result’s tremendous good for me. For the ego, it is good for me as a rider, nevertheless it’s essential for the crew who’ve been working big.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce, Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Workforce
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Espargaro reiterated the truth that his podium was much more essential to the crew than it was in proving something to himself and to his doubters, noting the huge variations in how Japanese and European producers labored final 12 months in the course of the peak of the pandemic.
“Properly, the significance of this podium, to start with a very powerful is for Honda to have the 2 bikes first and second,” Espargaro added after serving to Honda to its first 1-2 since Aragon 2017.
“That is unbelievable after some powerful seasons, final 12 months was additionally a troublesome season for Repsol Honda.
“That is, speaking about ego, super-important to me as a rider. I feel it is my greatest place ever in MotoGP, at all times I used to be in third place at KTM.
“So, it is an essential second for my profession for positive, however I really feel extra aid for Honda.
“You guys haven’t seen these guys working big prior to now, I stated already within the COVID occasions I have been in a European producer, I understand how they have been working in the course of the COVID and it was flat out even when the COVID was hitting sturdy in Europe.
“However as you realize, the Japanese took security super-seriously, extra severely than Europeans and for positive on this COVID period they have been struggling greater than the European producers.
“We now have seen the European producers doing big steps in these COVID occasions whereas the Japanese have been struggling a bit of bit extra.
“So, for positive it is essential for me, however I simply noticed Takeo’s [Yokoyama, technical manager] face, [ [HRC director Tetsuhiro] Kuwata-san’s face at this time and it was greater than superb. It is loopy how completely satisfied they’re.”