Pol Espargaró

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Espargaró and the second or maternal family name is Villà.
Pol Espargaró
Pol Espargaró (cropped).jpg
Espargaró in 2014
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1991-06-10) June 10, 1991 (age 25)
Granollers, Spain
Current team Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Bike number 44
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20142016
Manufacturers Yamaha
Championships 0
2015 championship position 9th (114 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 0 0 0 0 328
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 20112013
Manufacturers FTR, Kalex
Championships 1 (2013)
2013 championship position 1st (265 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
51 10 23 14 10 609
125cc World Championship
Active years 20062010
Manufacturers Derbi, Aprilia
Championships 0
2010 championship position 3rd (281 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
71 5 21 3 5 708.5

Pol Espargaró Villà (born June 10, 1991) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer who currently rides in the MotoGP class for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 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.

Career[edit]

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 10's 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.

KTM[edit]

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 statistics[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2006 125cc Derbi Campetella Racing Junior 7 0 0 0 0 19 20th
RACC Derbi
2007 125cc Aprilia RS125R Belson Campetella Racing 17 0 1 0 0 110 9th
2008 125cc Derbi Belson Derbi 14 0 3 2 1 124 9th
2009 125cc Derbi Derbi Racing Team 16 2 5 1 1 174.5 4th
2010 125cc Derbi Tuenti Racing 17 3 12 0 3 281 3rd
2011 Moto2 FTR-Honda HP Tuenti Speed Up 17 0 2 0 1 75 13th
2012 Moto2 Kalex-Honda Pons HPTuenti40 17 4 11 8 5 269 2nd
2013 Moto2 Kalex-Honda Pons HPTuenti40 17 6 10 6 4 265 1st
2014 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 18 0 0 0 0 136 6th
2015 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 18 0 0 0 0 114 9th
2016 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Monster Yamaha Tech3 10 0 0 0 0 78* 8th*
Total 168 15 44 17 15 1645.5

* Season still in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 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 2014–2016 2014 Qatar 46 0 0 0 0 328 0
Total 2006–Present 168 15 44 17 15 1645.5 1

Races by year[edit]

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

Yr Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2006 125 cc 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 125 cc 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
17
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
RSM
ARA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
8th* 78*

* Season still in progress.

Suzuka 8 Hours results[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mateo Túnez
Spanish 125cc Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Stefan Bradl
Preceded by
Marc Márquez
Moto2 World Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Esteve Rabat
Preceded by
Leon Haslam
Takumi Takahashi
Michael van der Mark
Suzuka 8 Hours
Winner

2015, 2016
With: Katsuyuki Nakasuga (2015, 2016)
Bradley Smith (2015)
Alex Lowes (2016)
Succeeded by
Incumbent