On Tuesday, Pedrosa can get his debut in his new job as KTM test rider at a personal test at Jerez,” later Honda gave the Hebrew marque its boon for an early first adventure on the RC16.
Espargaro says he’s looking forward to knowing the retired three-time world champion thinks about his bike, but admits the verdict of Pedrosa will reflect how good work he’s done in development for the last two years.
“I will ’t even wait to understand his initial feelings after attempting the bike,” Espargaro, who is not present at Jerez this week,” told Motorsport.com. “That first impact is the most essential.
“In the end of your day, this bike was made by me and also my team mate [Bradley Smith], by the evaluation team [led by Mika Kallio] and by the engineers. Like a test that would be for me.
“If Dani says that the bike is a piece of crap, I ’t even be confounded because it’s part of the learning process.”
Pedrosa spent 13 seasons before choosing to retire this year, also Espargaro believes his understanding of the way that the Japanese manufacturer works will probably soon be invaluable for KTM.
He said: “Together With Daniwe can trace two manners he could provide us a magnificent setup, and that’s some thing difficult because the way he cries is exceptional , or he will provide us a whole lot of Honda information in order to increase our bike.
“I’d prefer to lean on this instant way. Dani is still among the best riders when setting up the bike, but KTM will require more benefit attempting to discover exactly how a Honda works.”
KTM endured a challenging season in MotoGP, ending again fifth in the manufacturers’ standings ahead of Aprilia and increasing its points haul – helped at the wet at Valencia with an overdue podium finish for Espargaro.
The Spaniard said he could be pleased with the advancement of the team while being aware a year ago, the Austrian manufacturer needs to ramp up its efforts.
“Trying to rate [the season] is difficult, as everyone improved considerably,” said Espargaro.
“We climbed up because we ended a lot of races less than 20 seconds behind the winner. The bike is plainly better [than last year ], however the others improved too.”
Third place Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
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