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The Spaniard was the only rookie in the 2016 MotoGP™ season – and it showed as he consistently propped up the timesheets on the satellite Honda as the combination of a new bike, tyres and electronics tested him to the limit. However, the 2014 Moto2™ World Champion certainly deserved his spot in the big league, and EG 0,0 Marc VDS has retained its faith in him for the 2017 season. Injury has already made for a truncated pre-season – he missed Phillip Island – but every time he gets on the bike he continues to gain more feeling and understanding with his bike. He's banking on that methodical approach getting him into some point-scoring opportunities and keeping his teammate Miller on his toes.