After two tough campaigns, Honda has radically overhauled its RC213V for the 2022 season in a bid to repair the rear traction issues it had been struggling.
This drawback of an absence of traction significantly affected Espargaro’s adaptation course of to the Honda final 12 months, with the Spaniard scoring only one podium in 2021 having notched up 5 for KTM in 2020.
Regardless of the huge revisions, Honda hit the bottom working with its bike final November on the Jerez check, with its sturdy kind persevering with into the pre-season checks this month in Malaysia and Indonesia – Espargaro topping the latter.
In an unique interview with Autosport, Espargaro admits he’s “stunned” a very new bike could be so good immediately and “feels very fortunate”.
“That is one thing that’s wonderful,” Espargaro stated when requested how he felt about Honda’s efforts over the winter.
“You may see the muscle of Honda, bringing a very new bike from zero to the Jerez check.
“And simply after the times in Jerez, in Malaysia being two tenths off the very best rider, we had wonderful rhythm in Malaysia. This exhibits one thing that I’m stunned by.
“From a motorcycle from zero, from no knowledge, to construct this sort of bike is unbelievable. I really feel very fortunate to be the place I’m, now I believe I’ve the chance to point out what I’m in a position to do with that bike.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Workforce
Photograph by: Repsol Media
Espargaro added that now Honda has “introduced me what I needed”, in reference to the rear traction he was lacking in 2021, he feels now “the ball is in my court docket”.
“This was the primary goal, to construct a motorcycle which I’m going to really feel comfy on,” he stated.
“Honda was additionally fascinated with this. I used to be complaining as different riders in regards to the rear grip, however me greater than others as a result of my using type could be very a lot based mostly on the rear.
“Each time I had not the rear prepared, for me it was massive hassle, I used to be complaining greater than others.
“However now Honda has introduced me what I needed, and now I really feel just like the ball is in my court docket.”