The motivational row

Eleven grands prix and fifteen crashes later, Pol Espargaró achieved pole position with the Honda, after hitting rock bottom in Austria and chatting with Alberto Puig.


All the riders who have inherited the motorcycle that Dani Pedrosa left free at Honda after the 2018 course have collided with a difficult machine to tame. None of them have come close to the results of the Castellar driver: 31 wins and three runners-up in 13 seasons. Not much less than those of Marc Márquez, six times MotoGP champion. This is not like Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, with which any member of the grid would be able to achieve a victory. No. The RC213V is something else, a motorcycle with obvious possibilities, but complicated. None of the three successors has equaled even Pedrosa's worst year, when he finished 11th in the World Cup. And we are talking about illustrious names such as Jorge Lorenzo, who excited about his arrival at the Japanese brand as much as he disappointed later, with no place in the top ten. Then Álex Márquez disembarked, arriving with the aura of a Moto2 champion, but with the pressure of his surname. So far he has been the only one capable of getting on the podium, twice.

Now there is Pol Espargaró, who came with the credit of his progression in KTM, his two poles and five podiums in 2020. Pol seemed the ideal choice, but he has not taken the bike either, so far. Eleven grands prix and fifteen crashes later, the youngest of the Espargaró has achieved his first great result: pole position in the British GP. It has its crumb that it was just after hitting rock bottom in Austria. According to his words, there was a “motivational talk”, with overtones of “anger”, from the team leader, Alberto Puig. The chip change has occurred at Silverstone, although Pol, who has celebrated it as "a victory", assures that this Sunday he will face the race still in a "learning position". At least he has already convinced himself that it can be done. And that's a huge leap.

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