Espargaro raring to go

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Pol Espargaro says he can’t wait to get racing again in MotoGP when the season-opening event starts in Qatar on March 20 at the Losail International Circuit.

For Espargaro, 2015 was not a great year with the Spaniard struggling with consistency to finish ninth overall in the World Championship.

But in 2016 a lot of new rules and technical regulations have made things interesting, with all the bikes on the grid now running with 22 litres of fuel and the same spec Magneti Marelli ECU and software which will help the satellite teams to be more competitive.

In an interview with the MotoGP website, Espargaro says he is thrilled that the winter break is over so that he can get back to racing again.

“Finally, the winter is over and we can get back to doing what we love to do best – MotoGP!

“I am more determined than ever about this year and it will be a very important season for me as a rider. I’m happy to be part of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team once again and I intend to make everyone proud in 2016 after the difficulties that we had to face last year,” said Espargaro.

“The winter tests were a bit different this time because we had to adjust to our updated Yamaha YZR- M1 but also get used to the Michelin tyres and the new electronics. However, I am feeling confident about all of these aspects after the thorough job the team and I did in February and earlier this month.

“Although the bike is not quite 100%, we are close and I am particularly confident of our race setup this year so I’m sure I can fight to some strong results.

“I will give my all at the first GP to start the season with a positive finish. The time has come and I’m ready for the contest.”