Honda overhauled its MotoGP package deal for 2022 after a number of years of wrestle, with its newest RC213V extra rear biased to assist the traction it used to overlook.
This has helped Espargaro in particular to be more competitive on the bike, with the Spaniard combating for victory within the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix earlier than ending third.
However since then he struggled within the moist in Indonesia to 12th and crashed out of the podium battle in last weekend’s Argentina GP, leaving him with simply 20 factors from a attainable 75.
After his disappointing Argentina race, Espargaro no less than took solace from the truth that it’s unlikely he’ll face worse grip circumstances at another circuit this 12 months.
“The optimistic is that these are the worst circumstances we’ll face all 12 months,” he mentioned.
“It’s unattainable to search out worse circumstances internationally [than at Termas de Rio Hondo], so in these circumstances within the worst moments of my emotions we’re within the high 5.
“The velocity is there, however in three races with good velocity we’re simply 10th within the championship. It’s painful, it’s disappointing.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Crew
Photograph by: MotoGP
Espargaro believes if he stayed up proper in Argentina he was on to no less than end fifth, however a scarcity of rear grip at Termas meant he was struggling underneath acceleration and overstressed the entrance underneath braking – which led to his Flip 2 crash.
“Yeah, I’m upset,” he added.
“We weren’t quick sufficient throughout all of the weekend, however even like that we have been doing an OK race – fourth, following Alex [Rins].
“I believe as most dangerous we’d have completed P5, and this isn’t dangerous in any respect given how we struggled and the bike is just not work as within the check.
“We’re struggling quite a bit with the rear grip on entry, however for certain right here it was massively higher with this casing of this 12 months.
“However even like this I couldn’t finish the race. I attempted to recuperate on a regular basis to Rins on the brakes and eventually I ended up on the ground.”