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    Espargaro gained “life like” understanding of Marquez’s MotoGP pace in 2021

    The 2013 Moto2 world champion switched from KTM to the manufacturing facility Honda squad final season, ending a largely troublesome marketing campaign with one podium and pole place to his credit score.

    Regardless of lacking 4 races by means of damage and crashing out of 4 others, Marquez received 3 times and was comfortably prime Honda rider in seventh within the standings – 42 factors away from Espargaro.

    The 2021 season was troublesome for all Honda riders, as an absence of grip from the RC213V brought about issues for a lot of the 12 months.

    Observing the six-time MotoGP world champion instantly in 2021, Espargaro says he has been capable of see the place Marquez is de facto gaining on the remainder – highlighting his pace underneath low grip circumstances.

    “I had all the time competed with Marc, however being on equal phrases, in the identical group, has given me a extra life like perspective than I might have had earlier than,” Espargaro instructed Autosport’s Spanish language sister web site Motorsport.es.

    “There are circumstances wherein I used to be shocked by how briskly he could be, and others wherein I anticipated him to be sooner.

    “For instance, in extremely popular circumstances, with little grip, I believed Marc wanted to lean loads on the rear, like me, to go quick.

    “And I realised that it was the other; he wants little or no grip to go quick, and that is very troublesome.

    “He’s an actual technician, and now I perceive why he trains the way in which he does, and why he does what he does.

    “Being his team-mate makes me perceive a bit higher the strategies he makes use of to go so quick.”

    Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

    Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Workforce Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce

    Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Pictures

    Espargaro will stay with Honda for the 2022 season, with HRC seemingly making huge steps ahead with its RC213V on the post-season Jerez check – with Espargaro claiming the rear grip he’d been lacking in 2021 had been discovered.

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    Marquez faces an unsure winter having missed the ultimate two rounds when a concussion he suffered in a coaching incident led to a return of the imaginative and prescient points he endured following a crash in a 2011 Moto2 crash in Malaysia.

    He has been in coaching in current weeks, however won’t be current at Honda’s 2022 season presentation on Friday.

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