Before taking to the track at Losail, Qatar, on 6 March, for the first official pre-season test, some of the top riders have been out at Barcelona, Pol Espargaró included.
The new Repsol Honda rider was on track with a RC213V-S, as he waits to ride the HRC bike with which Marc Marquez has won six world titles in the last eight years.
"I expect a long and difficult year”
This initial outing went well and Pol shared his thoughts on social media: “My feeling is good. A few things are still lacking, but the bike and I are gradually getting to know each other. I improved as the day went on”. But soon he’ll be out on the real race bike: “And it’s a bit different. I haven’t been on it yet and it’s important to me, not long to go now”.
On Saturday 6 March he will finally get to ride the RC213V and he’s impatient to complete those first laps at Losail: “I’ve been waiting a long time for these tests. I’m as happy now as I was when I first came to MotoGP. I know it will be a complicated project and a long and difficult year, but starting out with Honda in Qatar is going to be really memorable for me and I can’t wait to start”.
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The latest change
As for Turn 10 at the Catalan track, he comments: “This was needed. In recent years, there have been various changes here and I think the track has gone back to its original DNA and the turn with which all the MotoGP riders learned this track”.
Translated by Heather Watson