Pol Espargaro and Honda: Qatar podium contenders

Pol Espargaro was the surprise of the Qatar test for me. His first go on the Honda was very impressive. Alberto Puig said they are happy that Pol likes the bike and that when he tries, the lap time comes, which is a good sign. Pol’s fast laps and long runs were very competitive, but it was not just on track that I noticed Pol. He looks and sounds genuinely and completely focused on his mission. He came across like he has no time for excuses and plans to succeed. When I put all the information I have together I come to this conclusion… I would not be surprised if Pol pulls off a podium at one of the races at Qatar. Yes I know, that’s a big ask at your first race on the Honda, but I really think he’s up for it.