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Pol Espargaro Lifestyle Shoot

Out of the mire: Pol Espargaro is again looking for the ladder

Apr 192016

The Gran Premio de Espanya welcomes MotoGP to Europe this weekend so we caught up with Pol Espargaro; the Yamaha athlete boasting two wins in two different classes at Jerez… Whether sitting on the grid minutes before a Grand Prix with a Monster Energy cap adorned with two cans and straws, revelling in success or leaping into a Jacuzzi with the Monster girls across a race weekend; Pol Espargaro always seems to love every aspect of being a MotoGP star. The Catalan – and the younger of motorcycle racing’s famous siblings with Aleix also in the MotoGP pack – has never needed much of a reason to crack open a wide grin and find pockets of fun in the GP paddock. Growing up in earshot of track action at Montmelo and the Circuit de Catalunya, Espargaro was destined for greatness as a small and skinny teenager when he immediately demonstrated speed and potential in the 125cc class (now Moto3) and was pushing for podium finishes in just his second season.  He fought for a 125 world championship with Marc Marquez in 2010 and again shared slipstream tows with his countryman in Moto2 two years later. Pol became Spain’s eighteenth world champion when he aced the Moto2 title in 2013. After gathering a MotoGP Rookie of the Year gong in 2014 when he was sixth in the world championship his brakes bit a little harder in 2015 when he struggled to ninth. It was the first time ‘Polyccio’s’ trajectory in Grand Prix had levelled off.  It means that 2016 presents a challenge. Espargaro might be limited with the technical resources of being a satellite rider for Yamaha and from within the confines of the proficient and professional Monster Tech3 Yamaha crew but this season is about re-establishing his credentials as a firm bet for the factory set-ups with a raft of contracts up for renewal for 2017. Importantly Pol needs to rediscover some confidence and again unveil that attacking and boisterous style that race fans associate from the bustling black and green form on track.