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Pol Espargaro Profile

Pol Espargaro made his World Championship debut in 2006, riding seven races in total, the first of which at Catalunya made him the youngest ever points scorer in a Grand Prix with 13th place.

That year he was also crowned Spanish National 125 Champion, and his first full season in 2007 delivered a podium, a series of strong results and the Rookie of the Year award.

The 2008 campaign was one that brought further impressive results, but was also marked by a collarbone injury, and he took a first victory in 2009 at Indianapolis to place fourth overall in the standings.

In 2010, the younger of the Espargaro brothers was involved in a three-way season-long battle for the title with eventual winner Marc Marquez and runner-up Nico Terol, and in 2011 he stepped up to Moto2™.

Two podiums and a respectable 13th overall in the final standings laid the foundations for a promising season in 2012, for which Espargaro joined the Pons Racing team and made a huge impact.

Tough battles, four wins, eight pole positions and a few controversies led to him taking runner-up spot to Marquez, making him the favourite for the following year’s title. 2013 would prove tough for Espargaro, but the Granollers rider was greatly assisted when chief rival Scott Redding was injured at Phillip Island. Nevertheless, he still managed the most pole positions, race wins and podium finishes in the season - which began with a win in Qatar - and clinched the title with an impressive victory in Japan.

In 2014, he stepped up to MotoGP™ with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team, battling his way to sixth in the general standings and earning recognition as the Rookie of the Year.

Espargaro stayed with Tech3 again in 2015 with Bradley Smith on the other side of the box once more, but it was a difficult second season with five DNFs and a best finish of fifth in Valencia, Assen and Jerez.

His contract was renewed for 2016 with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.