Pol Espargaro is expecting nothing less than a repeat of 2014 as pre-season testing gets set to resume in Malaysia. The Spaniard finished his rookie season as the leading satellite rider in sixth overall and is aiming to be the strongest of the non-factory runners again this time around, and believes the experience gained will make him a better rider.
“I had a great time relaxing for a short while in the winter, but it wasn’t long until I got stuck into my thorough training programme for the upcoming season and now it’s time to get back into gear which I can’t wait to get started on. The stress and competition are something we, as riders, miss during the winter months because life is much slower when we are not racing! I am feeling optimistic about the season as this year we will begin with the experience that we lacked 12 months ago and this will be key to our success on track. It is extremely important as a rider to know the bike, the team, have references and understand how the crew are improving the bike, so we will begin with an upper hand but there is still a lot of margin to progress.”
Espargaro ended the November test in Valencia as the third fastest rider but still sees room for improvement, both in himself and the Tech 3 Yamaha, between now and the season opener in Qatar.
“We need to decide which direction to head towards and then adjust accordingly with the 2015 specification Yamaha YZR-M1 which I have already ridden in Valencia. In addition, I must work on myself as I still feel that I am a bit too aggressive on the bike and the Yamaha requires a smooth riding style in order to get the most out of it. However, this year I am certain I will improve this aspect and close in on the leading riders. My minimum overall target is to finish in the same place at last season, but of course, I want to be higher up. The competition will be stronger, but we will have to fight and I am ready to begin the battle at the first test in Sepang”
Testing will run for the next four days and TCF will have regular coverage from the Sepang International Circuit.