Pol Espargaro

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

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Date of birth
Place of birth
Granollers, Spain


Like Smith, the Spaniard has also left Monster Yamaha Tech 3 to take on the new gig at KTM. Only Cal Crutchlow scored more points as an independent team rider in 2016, which was a brilliant effort from a rider who often flies under the radar – particularly during the off-season when he just methodically goes about his business. That's probably why he starts new campaigns so well, but that has been on the proven Yamaha rather than a work-in-progress like the KTM. Still, his pre-season times on the orange machine have been competitive, particularly at Phillip Island when he nudged under the 1:30 mark – one of many admittedly but it still gives an inkling of what the KTM is capable of.  In 2006 Pol became the youngest point-scorer in 125 Grand Prix history when he finished 13th in the Catalunya round. His first podium came at Estoril in 2007, his first pole a year later in Barcelona and his first win at Indianapolis in 2009. He graduated to Moto2 in 2011, flourished under the tutelage of Sito Pons and was runner-up in 2012 before clinching the title in 2013.

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