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Honda overhauled its MotoGP package deal for 2022 after a number of years of battle, with its newest RC213V extra rear biased to help the traction it used to overlook.
This has helped Espargaro specifically to be extra aggressive on the bike, with the Spaniard preventing 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 rostrum battle in final weekend’s Argentina GP, leaving him with simply 20 factors from a potential 75.
After his disappointing Argentina race, Espargaro not less than took solace from the truth that it’s unlikely he’ll face worse grip situations at another circuit this yr.
“The constructive is that these are the worst situations we’ll face all yr,” he mentioned.
“It’s not possible to search out worse situations the world over [than at Termas de Rio Hondo], so in these situations within the worst moments of my emotions we’re within the high 5.
“The pace is there, however in three races with good pace we’re simply 10th within the championship. It’s painful, it’s disappointing.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group
Photograph by: MotoGP
Espargaro believes if he stayed up proper in Argentina he was on to not less than end fifth, however a scarcity of rear grip at Termas meant he was struggling below acceleration and overstressed the entrance below braking – which led to his Flip 2 crash.
“Yeah, I’m dissatisfied,” 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 feel as most unhealthy we might have completed P5, and this isn’t unhealthy in any respect given how we struggled and the bike shouldn’t be work as within the check.
“We’re struggling rather a lot with the rear grip on entry, however for positive right here it was massively higher with this casing of this yr.
“However even like this I couldn’t finish the race. I attempted to get better on a regular basis to Rins on the brakes and at last I ended up on the ground.”
On Wednesday morning, Honda introduced Espargaro’s teammate Marc Marquez will return to action on this weekend’s Americas GP after lacking Argentina with imaginative and prescient issues.