Pramac Ducati has confessed Aleix Espargaro is under increasing pressure to deliver better results, even if the team maintains it is committed to doing all it can to help the young Spaniard's progress.
Espargaro's first full-season in MotoGP has proven to be troublesome thus far, the former 250GP rider starting the first two races from the back row, while two crashes early on in the Qatar and Spanish grands prix have left him at the bottom of the standings with just a single point.
With team-mate Mika Kallio impressing on the way to seventh at Jerez, despite having started behind Espargaro, Pramac technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini admits the 20-year-old needs to begin delivering soon.
“He is feeling the pressure now to get the results, but Aleix is a good guy and we are always talking to understand if we can do something to improve this situation, and also to relax,” he told MotoGP.com
. “We have 18 races so the end of the season is a long way off.”
Espargaro made his debut for the Pramac team at the end of the 2009 season when he deputised in a total of four races for factory Ducati bound Kallio and the injured Niccolo Canepa.
Despite limited mileage on the bike, Espargaro finished as high as 11th twice, thus earning him a full-time contract for the 2010 season.