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Pol Espargaró Villà (born 10 June 1991) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer who currently rides in the MotoGP class for the KTM factory team. Pol is the younger brother of Aleix Espargaró, and is best known for winning the 2013 Moto2 World Championship.[1][2] He won the Suzuka 8 Hours in 2015 with Bradley Smith and Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and in 2016 with Nakasuga and Alex Lowes. He is the first rider to finish on the podium riding a KTM motorcycle in MotoGP.

Pol Espargaró
Pol Espargaró (cropped).jpg
NationalitySpanish
Born (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 28)
Granollers, Spain
Current teamRed Bull KTM Factory Racing
Bike number44
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2014
ManufacturersYamaha, KTM
Championships0
2018 championship position14th (51 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
99 0 1 0 0 567
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20112013
ManufacturersFTR, Kalex
Championships1 (2013)
2013 championship position1st (265 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
51 10 23 14 10 609
125cc World Championship
Active years20062010
ManufacturersDerbi, Aprilia
Championships0
2010 championship position3rd (281 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
71 5 21 3 5 708.5

CareerEdit

125cc World Championship (2006–10)Edit

Youngest rider to score a championship point (2006)Edit

Born in Granollers, Barcelona, Espargaró, arrived in the 125cc World Championship in 2006 participating in the last six races of the year. This promising rider from Barcelona replaced the injured Italian Andrea Iannone at Campetella Racing and made his debut with the Italian team on board a Derbi at the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Two months before, Espargaró had made history as a wildcard in the Catalan Grand Prix when he finished 13th to become the youngest ever point scorer in a Grand Prix at the age of just 15 years and 8 days. His end of season run-in was spectacular, winning five consecutive races in Spanish 125cc Championship to become champion, followed by a 6th-placed finish at the Valencian Grand Prix.

First podium (2007)Edit

In 2007, Espargaró aimed to further enhance the family reputation over a full season with Campetella Racing Junior Aprilia. The season start with two good results, a seventh in Qatar and fourth at Jerez, then a couple of Top 10s until the Catalan round where he finished fifth. Espargaró's turning point came in the Czech Republic where he finished in sixth place, before a top five in San Marino. The Portuguese race was the highlight point of his short career, claiming a third-place finish from seventh on the grid. Espargaró battled for the lead with Héctor Faubel and Gábor Talmácsi, finishing just 0.2 seconds behind Faubel, who won.[3][4]

Return to Derbi (2008–10)Edit

 
Espargaró at the 2010 Dutch TT
 
Espargaró (left) at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix.

After running last year on board an Aprilia RS125 in Belson Campetella, he switched the Aprilia for the Derbi, in this occasion an RSA and partnered by Joan Olivé. He ended up 9th in the championship, with 3 podiums and 2 poles.

Moto2 World Championship (2011–13)Edit

Espargaró won the 2013 Moto2 championship.

MotoGP World Championship (2014–present)Edit

Tech 3 (2014–16)Edit

 
Espargaró at the 2014 French Grand Prix

In May 2013, rumours appeared linking Espargaró with the MotoGP Tech 3 satellite Yamaha racing team, to replace British rider Cal Crutchlow. After Crutchlow signed a two-year deal with the factory Ducati team, Espargaró signed a two-year deal with Yamaha, the first year of which would be with Tech 3.[5] Espargaró remained with Tech 3 into the 2015 season,[6] finishing in ninth place in the final championship standings. Espargaró again remained with Tech 3 into the 2016 season,[7] and currently lies eighth in the championship standings.

KTMEdit

Prior to the 2016 Catalan Grand Prix, it was announced that Espargaró would join the factory-supported KTM team for the 2017 season.[8] He will partner Bradley Smith in the team, with both riders moving across from the Tech 3 outfit.

Career statisticsEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2006 125cc Derbi Campetella Racing Junior 42 7 0 0 0 0 19 20th
RACC Derbi 92
2007 125cc Aprilia Belson Campetella Racing 44 17 0 1 0 0 110 9th
2008 125cc Derbi Belson Derbi 44 14 0 3 2 1 124 9th
2009 125cc Derbi Derbi Racing Team 44 16 2 5 1 1 174.5 4th
2010 125cc Derbi Tuenti Racing 44 17 3 12 0 3 281 3rd
2011 Moto2 FTR HP Tuenti Speed Up 44 17 0 2 0 1 75 13th
2012 Moto2 Kalex Pons 40 HP Tuenti 40 17 4 11 8 5 269 2nd
2013 Moto2 Kalex Tuenti HP 40 40 17 6 10 6 4 265 1st
2014 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech3 44 18 0 0 0 0 136 6th
2015 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech3 44 18 0 0 0 0 114 9th
2016 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech3 44 17 0 0 0 0 134 8th
2017 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 44 18 0 0 0 0 55 17th
2018 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 44 15 0 1 0 0 51 14th
2019 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 44 13 0 0 0 0 77* 11th*
Total 221 15 45 17 15 1884.5

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2006–2010 2006 Catalunya 2007 Portugal 2009 Indianapolis 71 5 21 3 5 708.5 0
Moto2 2011–2013 2011 Qatar 2011 Indianapolis 2012 Spain 51 10 23 14 10 609 1
MotoGP 2014–present 2014 Qatar 99 0 1 0 0 567 0
Total 2006–present 221 15 45 17 15 1884.5 1

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2006 125cc Derbi SPA QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT
13
NED GBR GER CZE
Ret
MAL
14
AUS
16
JPN
19
POR
12
VAL
6
20th 19
2007 125cc Aprilia QAT
7
SPA
4
TUR
11
CHN
9
FRA
11
ITA
9
CAT
5
GBR
Ret
NED
11
GER
Ret
CZE
6
RSM
5
POR
3
JPN
Ret
AUS
11
MAL
Ret
VAL
10
9th 110
2008 125cc Derbi QAT
8
SPA
14
POR
13
CHN
4
FRA
4
ITA
3
CAT
2
GBR
DNS
NED GER
16
CZE
8
RSM
Ret
IND
2
JPN
Ret
AUS
5
MAL
6
VAL
DNS
9th 124
2009 125cc Derbi QAT
4
JPN
3
SPA
7
FRA
Ret
ITA
4
CAT
Ret
NED
9
GER
5
GBR
10
CZE
5
IND
1
RSM
Ret
POR
1
AUS
4
MAL
3
VAL
3
4th 174.5
2010 125cc Derbi QAT
4
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
3
GBR
2
NED
3
CAT
3
GER
Ret
CZE
2
IND
3
RSM
6
ARA
1
JPN
4
MAL
2
AUS
2
POR
10
VAL
2
3rd 281
2011 Moto2 FTR QAT
22
SPA
20
POR
6
FRA
13
CAT
16
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
28
GER
13
CZE
16
IND
2
RSM
9
ARA
14
JPN
15
AUS
5
MAL
3
VAL
14
13th 75
2012 Moto2 Kalex QAT
3
SPA
1
POR
2
FRA
6
CAT
Ret
GBR
1
NED
Ret
GER
4
ITA
2
IND
2
CZE
3
RSM
2
ARA
1
JPN
2
MAL
10
AUS
1
VAL
8
2nd 269
2013 Moto2 Kalex QAT
1
AME
Ret
SPA
3
FRA
19
ITA
4
CAT
1
NED
1
GER
3
IND
4
CZE
4
GBR
8
RSM
1
ARA
3
MAL
2
AUS
1
JPN
1
VAL
29
1st 265
2014 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
Ret
AME
6
ARG
8
SPA
9
FRA
4
ITA
5
CAT
7
NED
Ret
GER
7
IND
5
CZE
Ret
GBR
6
RSM
6
ARA
6
JPN
8
AUS
Ret
MAL
6
VAL
6
6th 136
2015 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
9
AME
Ret
ARG
8
SPA
5
FRA
7
ITA
6
CAT
Ret
NED
5
GER
8
IND
7
CZE
8
GBR
Ret
RSM
Ret
ARA
9
JPN
Ret
AUS
8
MAL
9
VAL
5
9th 114
2016 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
7
ARG
6
AME
7
SPA
8
FRA
5
ITA
15
CAT
5
NED
4
GER
Ret
AUT
10
CZE
13
GBR
DNS
RSM
9
ARA
8
JPN
6
AUS
5
MAL
9
VAL
6
8th 134
2017 MotoGP KTM QAT
16
ARG
14
AME
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
12
ITA
Ret
CAT
18
NED
11
GER
13
CZE
9
AUT
Ret
GBR
11
RSM
11
ARA
10
JPN
11
AUS
9
MAL
10
VAL
Ret
17th 55
2018 MotoGP KTM QAT
Ret
ARG
11
AME
13
SPA
11
FRA
11
ITA
11
CAT
11
NED
12
GER
Ret
CZE
DNS
AUT
GBR
RSM
Ret
ARA
DNS
THA
21
JPN
13
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
3
14th 51
2019 MotoGP KTM QAT
12
ARG
10
AME
8
SPA
13
FRA
6
ITA
9
CAT
7
NED
11
GER
12
CZE
11
AUT
Ret
GBR
9
RSM
7
ARA
THA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
11th* 77*

* Season still in progress.

Suzuka 8 Hours resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Riders Bike Pos.
2015   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Katsuyuki Nakasuga
  Bradley Smith
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st
2016   Yamaha Factory Racing Team   Katsuyuki Nakasuga
  Alex Lowes
Yamaha YZF-R1 1st

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (27 October 2013). "Scott Redding crashes, Pol Espargaro takes title". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Espargaro wins to claim Moto2 world title". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Rossi Sets Pulses Racing in Estoril Thriller". superbike-news.co.uk. 16 September 2007. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Faubel wins a thriller". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 16 September 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  5. ^ Farni, Azi (2 August 2013). "Pol Espargaro to ride for Tech 3 after Yamaha deal". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Final 2015 MotoGP rider line-up". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Yamaha Announces Continuation of Contract with Pol Espargaró for 2016". Yamaha-racing.com. Yamaha Motor Europe. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Pol Espargaro to join KTM's MotoGP efforts". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mateo Túnez
Spanish 125cc Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Stefan Bradl
Preceded by
Takumi Takahashi
Michael van der Mark
Leon Haslam
Suzuka 8 Hours
Winner

2015, 2016
With: Katsuyuki Nakasuga (2015, 2016)
Bradley Smith (2015)
Alex Lowes (2016)
Succeeded by
Katsuyuki Nakasuga
Alex Lowes
Michael van der Mark