‘I want to be a world champion with Honda one day’

Pol Espargaró He made his debut at a telematic press conference in the Repsol Honda colors and what has become clear is that he has no time to lose because he will only have five days of testing, in which he will not have Marc Márquez by his side, for yna express adaptation to the sling.


“I do not know if I can be a surprise effect, I will try to be as high as possible as soon as possible, I am not in the pools because in the past other riders have suffered, it is not a bike that looks easy a priori and adaptation has not been what I was waiting and maybe that’s why I don’t enter pools. I will try to inhibit myself from the voices and focus on my work, join my team and do pineapple because the start of the season will be very hard with little filming and very high pressure. We will try to surprise this year “


“Do not. I can’t afford a year trying to adapt to the bike, trying to help Honda to no avail. I cannot afford this, Honda has not thought of me for this, for a development. We already have a test rider and he is the one in charge of developing the bike and seeing how to improve the front end. He wants me to win my Honda, obviously, and making good results, that’s why I have to grit my teeth from day one “


“It is true that the front end on the Honda seems fragile and at KTM it was my strong point, where I leaned more to make the time, but at Honda they are also good at that point. It is a bike that normally wins time by braking, under hard braking, and I will try to contribute everything I have learned at KTM, everything I learned at Yamaha and what I learned in my sporting career to try to lay a cable if the results don’t come out. If I can’t find the bike the way I like it, together, as it’s a team, we’ll try to do our best. From the first corner that comes out of the pits in Qatar, I will give 100 percent and if that entails a fall during the tests to see the limit of the front end, we will have to assume it. It is what it is, I don’t have much time “

Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró pose with their motorcycles


“Adaptation, what concerns me most now is the front end, how long will it take to adapt because for me it is very important. Braking is where I feel most comfortable. Braking into the corner quite aggressively is where I have always gained time. I’m not good at cornering. I don’t like this style of riding like in other factories I’ve been to, and I need that confidence in the front end and I’m going to start working really hard on that. I’m going to risk as much as possible in the tests to see the limits on the front end, even though I might fall, but it’s essential for me ”..


“I hope it is time to break the curse. That no one has achieved it since Dani’s time denotes a high difficulty. That this is a critical and complex bike, and that he has a very marked riding style to achieve results and that this style is Marc’s, because he has led the team in recent years, winning races and titles. You have to try to mimic what he did, copy his techniques. And all that in a very short period of time because I can’t wait until the middle of the season. The adaptation has to be fast, despite being only five days old. It’s going to be complicated, I’m going to have to take risks from the first corner in Qatar ”


“Yes, definitely. It was very clear to me, when I thought about going to Repsol Honda, it was clear to me that it was as the Italians say “glory or wisdom.” All or nothing. I have seen the results of many very talented drivers who have passed through here and their careers have not continued. I understand what these colors mean, I understand the responsibility that I have right now, also, without Marc, only in the Qatar training sessions, above with a little more pressure because maybe I will have to get results earlier than planned without much experience. and that’s going to be tough, but I certainly now have the tools to do it. Marc has been the best in recent years, without a doubt, indisputable, and these colors require a level of results that have to be up to par, so I’m going to give it a try “


“It’s complicated, because obviously last year was a very good year. I finished fifth tied on points with the fourth that was Dovi, with podiums and with poles. It was a very complete year and obviously finishing ahead of the fourth is going to be very, very difficult. We are talking about the top three of the World Cup, but without a doubt it is the objective that I have, the one that I have raised. I want to be a world champion with Honda one day and that happens by winning races, making podiums and trying to fight for all the races I can to be at the top of the box ”.


I would have liked to bring my entire team, from the mechanics, electronics, engineers… everyone. Raising a project like we did at KTM can only be achieved by working together with very good people and with a very tough relationship between us. After four years, he was practically my family. We had very hard times at the beginning, which made the union very strong at the end and leaving them is the hardest thing for me, rather than abandoning the KTM project “

“On the other hand, the team I will be working with at Repsol Honda are people I already know, engineers and mechanics with a lot of experience. Some of them are Catalan, like Ramón Aurín, whom I have known for a long time. In the end, culture is also very important in critical moments and that will help me. On the subject of Jenny (Andersson his telemetry in KTM and now it will be Marc Márquez). I’m sure he’s the person who knows me the best. I knew how I liked the engine brake, the traction control, the gas mileage, the power out of the corners, how I expressed myself. Jenny knows me better than my parents, sportingly speaking. Marc has by his side a very good engineer who also knows me perfectly ”.


“In KTM I have learned a lot, I have become an adult and I got on a motorcycle that I had developed and now one that I have not developed, which takes its times from other parts and that I will have to learn in a short time, having to push the Front end, which is where I feel comfortable, can be more risky, but it comes with the pack, I know where it came from, the extra pressure and I’m prepared to take it.


“The illusion is maximum even more than when going up to MotoGP, I have been wanting to get on an official Honda for a long time, my DNA has always thought that it was linked to that of Honda, it had ideals and you have to adapt to the situations and the latest 4 years I have learned a lot in KTM, and with the extra pressure of being the pilot who had to make the results, all the KTMm investment on my back and at times my backpack weighed on me, but I am ready to show that I am a pilot who can to be here and to be at the level of Repsol Honda “


“My feeling is that we can spend a good time talking, we are young, we like the same things, our relationship is good but we are rivals, the first one you have to beat, the first opponent is the one who has the same bike as me. He is the best in the world, he has won the last titles and it will be the most difficult of the whole grid and that he will return as soon as possible because with him the squad will be bigger “