Pol Espargaro: Difference in Philosophy Between KTM and Yamaha is “Black and White”

KTM rider Pol Espargaro commented on the differences between his new and former team, believing them to be polar opposites.

Jumping ship to a new team and new bike is never an easy job. Even less so when the team you’re signing on for has yet to prove itself among the rest of the pack as a full-time participant. Despite this, both KTM and Pol Espargaro have proven they are committed to formulating a successful inaugural season for the team.

DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 26:  Pol Espargaro of Spain and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing prepares to start on the grid during the MotoGP race during the MotoGp of Qatar - Race at Losail Circuit on March 26, 2017 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 26: Pol Espargaro of Spain and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing prepares to start on the grid during the MotoGP race during the MotoGp of Qatar – Race at Losail Circuit on March 26, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

That feat will certainly come easier said than done, as both the manufacturer and the riders have a lot to work on, but in the case of Pol Espargaro it appears that the young Spaniard is finding the highly different philosophy of KTM’s design to be working in his favor already:

“For me it’s much easier to ride this bike than the Yamaha. The only problem is that we are slow. We are slow even though the bike is shaking, we are not profiting from this.

With this bike, it’s quite different, when you push, you get the laptime. It’s not the same as the Yamaha that you need to ride smooth when you want to lower the laptime. The philosophy is black and white.

This is the beginning, the bike doesn’t have a personality still. We are building it. We are going to improve the bike, I think we know what is the character of the bike and we need to improve it.” – Pol Espargaro

DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 24:  Pol Espargaro of Spain and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heads down a straight during the MotoGp of Qatar - Free Practice at Losail Circuit on March 24, 2017 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 24: Pol Espargaro of Spain and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing heads down a straight during the MotoGp of Qatar – Free Practice at Losail Circuit on March 24, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

While the KTM boys Espargaro and Bradley Smith placed outside of the top 15 in Qatar’s race, they didn’t exactly disappoint. Sure, it would have been nice if KTM was thrown a couple of points, but – as Pol mentioned – the team is still building the bike and has yet to find its personality. If they can nail that, they’ll come through the pack tearing.

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