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Espargaró is fast, but “needs to put everything together”

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 16: Pol Espargaro of Spain and Repsol Honda Team inside his garage at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on April 16, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Steve Wobser/Getty Images)

Pol Espargaró is hoping to improve his performance for the next race at Jerez, saying he is fast but “needs to put everything together.”

Espargaró didn’t have the best results in the previous weekends, qualifying 14th for the Portuguese Grand Prix but then retiring from the race due to rear brake issues.

“We don’t know why or how but we had a problem on the rear brake, something stayed on and I lost completely the rear brake. On the second lap already I felt spongy and then the third lap I had to pul out,” he said.

The Spaniard stated that Qatar and Portimao are not the best tracks for a new rider coming into Honda, but that he’s fast and just needs to ‘put everything together’, saying Jerez can be a useful venue to do so.

“For sure it’s not the best thing for a new guy learning the Honda to start with races at these two tracks, Qatar and Portimao, without much testing. But everything is useful and today would have been much better if I could do the 25 laps to understand a bit more, make new mistakes, improve on them and learn more about this bike, especially with used tires.

“But it couldn’t be like that so now I’m just looking forward to Jerez. It’s a place I’ve been always okay at and also I know the track so well, which allows me to have what I’m looking for; some consistency in all sectors.

I’m fast but I need to put everything together and I think Jerez can be useful for that

Pol Espargaró
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