Entertainment Pol Espargaro announces: No teamwork with Marc Marquez on the Honda

16:55  28 february  2021
16:55  28 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Pol Espargaro steht vor seiner ersten MotoGP-Saison als Honda-Pilot © Honda Pol Espargaro is about to start his first MotoGP season as a Honda

driver. You don't see close cooperation between teammates in the MotoGP that often. In the top teams in particular, teammates are primarily rivals. This is also the case with the Honda works team. Newcomer Pol Espargaro was used to working with his teammates at Tech-3-Yamaha and most recently at KTM. But that should change at Honda.

"It's completely different here at Repsol-Honda. We have a winning motorcycle. That's why there is no need to talk intensively with your teammate and help each other. The package is already very good," said Pol Espargaro in front of his first season in the Honda factory team.

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"But that doesn't mean that our relationship inside the box will be as bad as possible," the Spaniard said. "A good atmosphere inside the box is always helpful, even if you don't help each other directly."

At the beginning of his MotoGP career, Pol Espargaro shared a box with Bradley Smith for years. Espargaro and Smith also started together in the 8 Hours of Suzuka. From 2019 they parted ways. Johann Zarco took over from Bradley Smith. Last season, Pol Espargaro met rookie Brad Binder at KTM.

"It was a different situation", Pol Espargaro compares the past years in MotoGP with the future at HRC. "In my rookie season at Yamaha, I needed it because I was a newcomer. In a satellite team you have to work more closely with your teammates because you don't have the same opportunities as the works drivers."

"You have to try everything to try to be as fast as them," explains the new Honda member. "KTM was completely new to MotoGP. So we had to work very closely together again to bring everything together and try to catch up with the others."

Pol Espargaro has been competing in MotoGP since 2014. During his time as a Tech 3 pilot, the Spaniard did not make it onto the podium. The first top 3 result was achieved at the 2018 season finale. In the 2020 season, Espargaro achieved five more third places. As fifth in the World Cup, he reached his best season finish so far.

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© Honda Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro have met several times In the Honda factory team, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro are two longstanding rivals. The two Spaniards have dueled regularly since they started out in racing. At the beginning, Pol Espargaro was usually ahead of the game, as he is almost two years older than Marc Marquez. In the 125cc World Championship and later in the Moto2 and MotoGP , Marquez prevailed. Marquez puts a lot of pressure on his new teammate.

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