Pol Espargaro is ecstatic to be racing at Mugello, but it’s not like he’s expecting it to be easy.
The Spaniard is one of the most consistent competitors on the MotoGP circuit, securing back-to-back Independent Team rider honours and defending sixth in the World Championship. He took a stunning fifth place in Le Mans and has no intentions of slowing his roll when he hits Mugello. He plans on taking his third Independent Team rider honour in a row and make his sixth top eight finish in 2016. Perhaps it will be even more of an achievement to him to make these gains, as he’s always had a soft spot for Mugello.
“As usual, I am looking forward to going to Mugello and racing at the world famous circuit. There really is no track like it on the planet and it is one of my favourite Grand Prix’s.”
Having said all that, he knows very well that it’s not going to be a cakewalk. He will be facing the likes of Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera, who will be riding a satellite Ducati on its own turf.
“Having said that, we know this weekend will be a real challenge because the circuit demands speed, especially with the long straight. I truly believe that it won’t be easy to fight against the satellite Ducati’s who will certainly be strong because of their power on their home track. Yet, we will do our best to come out top and we have to get another good result in order to continue the progression that we have made so far this year. The team and I have made some positive steps forward since the Jerez test and I feel confident on the bike now, so we need to get to work straight away in order to reach our target of being the top independent rider on Sunday afternoon again.”
His best result at Mugello so far is second place at the 2012 Moto2™ race. Of course, he’s working extra hard at bumping up the stat, but we always think the best boost for motivation is an espresso shot of enthusiasm. Pol Espargaro is likely to have plenty of both caffeine and ardour in Italy.