The 2013 Moto2 world champion endured a troublesome first 12 months on the Honda in 2021, scoring only one podium and ending 42 factors behind team-mate Marc Marquez – who missed 4 grands prix, however nonetheless received three races whereas recovering from the arm harm that compelled him to take a seat out the whole 2020 marketing campaign.
Following his swap from KTM for 2021, Espargaro battled with Honda’s lack of rear traction that crucially stopped him from utilising his regular using type of utilizing the rear brake on nook entry.
However Honda’s radically revised 2022 bike has been showered in reward by Espargaro, who led the Mandalika test by 0.014 seconds having topped the first and final day.
“It’s turned utterly,” Espargaro says of the Honda.
“Now I can apply my using type, my rear brake which I missed a lot final 12 months.
“There are such a lot of issues the place I can journey as I like, as I’ve been using all my profession and final 12 months I couldn’t, I used to be struggling rather a lot with the rear.
“This bike has modified rather a lot, the bike is quicker in a single lap, is rather more secure on the [race] rhythm.
“What’s necessary is I wrestle in a spot like this the place the temperature is so excessive, and we’re nonetheless aggressive.
“Figuring out this can be a check and the race weekend is totally totally different, we now have been aggressive in each circuits.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group
Photograph by: MotoGP
Espargaro famous Honda’s pre-season has been made extra profitable by the very fact all 4 RC213V riders have been utilizing equivalent bikes.
Final 12 months Espargaro expressed frustration on the reality each Honda rider was utilizing a distinct bike, which he felt slowed improvement.
“This was a terrific strategy of the pre-season, all of the riders of Honda are utilizing the identical bike,” he added.
“Everybody with a distinct approach of using, it’s seeing the nice potential of the bike.
“Everyone seems to be joyful, there isn’t a one saying the previous bike is healthier, which is wonderful. We’re all following the identical aerodynamic package deal.
“We’re a extra homogeneous crew than final 12 months, which for me is the important thing of the evolution of MotoGP.
“In these final years, Ducati has accomplished it rather a lot and we now have seen their good points. And I feel this 12 months Honda is constructing not only one crew, however it’s constructing the manufacturing facility and I feel that’s the important thing to success.”