Aleix Espargaro arrived in the World Championship having become the youngest ever rider to win the 125 Spanish National Championship in 2004, and his first full season in 2005 delivered an impressive 16th in the standings. The following season he stepped up to the 250cc class midway through the year and steadily improved season by season, but found himself without a regular ride in 2009.
That year the Spaniard rode as a substitute for the 250cc Balatonring Team and impressed with two rides, which resulted in a similar deal with Pramac in MotoGP™ for whom he rode four races, replacing first Mika Kallio and then Niccolo Canepa, outpacing Canepa after which he was offered a seat for 2010 and ended the year 14th overall.
He joined the Moto2™ class for 2011, claiming his first World Championship podium ever at the Catalunya round, before returning to the premier class in 2012 with the Aspar team to ride their ART bike. He won the CRT category, beating teammate Randy de Puniet, before repeating the feat with a dominant performance in 2013; during the season, he enjoyed several impressive stints near the front of the MotoGP™ field.
For 2014, he switched to NGM Mobile Forward Racing with an Open FTR-Yamaha machine and after finishing as the top Open rider in the championship in an impressive seventh position Espargaro was recruited for the returning Team Suzuki MotoGP team for 2015.
Espargaro secured 11th in the championship to end as the top Suzuki rider, taking three front row starts and a pole at home in Barcelona along the way. The 2016 season saw a change of electronics and tyres, Espargaro showing well during testing as Team Suzuki Ecstar looked to continue to improve their results in 2016.
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