Espargaro laments “disgusting” lack of Tech 3 pace at Jerez

Pol Espargaro was left to despair at his Tech 3 Yamaha’s lack of pace in MotoGP practice at Jerez on Friday, describing the situation as “disgusting”.

Espargaro laments “disgusting” lack of Tech 3 pace at Jerez
Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP and Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha
Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Espargaro ended up as the French squad’s top runner in FP2, finishing in 14th – two places ahead of teammate Bradley Smith – and some 1.6s behind pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo.

Speaking to media at the end of Friday, Espargaro admitted that several rival teams, principally the Suzuki works team and the satellite Ducati squads, had now eclipsed Tech 3.

“The problem is that the laptime is slow,” he said. “I finished [today] 14th, Bradley finished 16th with a new tyre at the rear.

“If we made that [lap time] two or three years ago, we would be sixth or seventh. Now we are 14th, this is the problem.

“We are far from the satellite Ducatis and the Suzukis. I remember last year at Jerez I finished more than 20 seconds ahead of Maverick [Vinales] in the race, now they are massively faster than us.

“It’s disgusting because you arrive at home, you are with your people and you think you are going to do a big result. Last year I was fifth [in the race], then first day I come here and I’m 14th.”

“Completely lost”

Espargaro added that any attempt to copy the set-up used by the works Yamaha riders merely made matters worse, something he admitted was “quite strange”.

“We are using something massively different to the factory riders, and then when we put what they are using, we feel completely lost,” he explained. "We are in another world.

“Two years ago [during my rookie season], when I tried to copy what the factory riders were using, it was an improvement – now [when we try that] we are even slower than we are normally.

“When we use the front tyre they use, it’s locking like crazy and they don't complain about it. It’s quite strange, I’m not comfortable.

“When you are uncomfortable and in front, it’s ok, but when you’re 14th and your teammate is behind, something not good is happening. It makes no sense.”

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