The next three races will be the last for Pol Espargarò with the KTM, a bike that helped lead him to success, being part of a project since his MotoGP debut. But the Spanish rider decided to face a new and difficult challenge: be Marc Marquez’s teammate on the factory Honda team.
The question that many have asked themselves is whether it was the best decision, given the progress of the RC16 this season.
“When you choose to change, you do it to improve. I’m curious to find out what will happen,” was Pol’s answer in an interview with motogp.com. “These kinds of changes give you extra motivation.”
And maybe even some apprehension about what the future holds.
“I’ll be alongside the best rider in the world, on one of the best bikes in the world. If you’re not motivated for this type of challenge, then it’s best you stay at home,” Espargarò said smiling. “It’ll be a very important step in my career. It’ll make me stronger or destroy me, I know.”
If his teammate is his first rival, Pol couldn’t have a stronger one.
“I can’t wait to see what Marc does different from the others, why he’s so special, and the only way to do that is to be on the other side of his garage, look at his data, and try to do what he does,” he explained.
In the end, he said farewell to his current bike.
“We took the KTM from the bottom to the top,” he said. “The future of the KTM is bright. I’m proud to have been part of this project and sad to leave after so many years and so many efforts. I’ll miss the bike and the atmosphere in the garage. It’ll be painful for me to separate from them.”