Pol Espargaro is eager to build on an impressive rookie season in the MotoGP World Championship that saw the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider emerge as the leading satellite rider.

Espargaro expects a greater number of riders than ever to be in with a chance of challenging for the podium this season but the Spanish rider is confident in the potential of his YZR-M1 and is ready for action this weekend at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

"It's finally time to get the wheels in motion for 2015 and I am very excited to contest in the first race," said Espargaro. "We have had a positive pre-season and the bike is at a level that I am happy with, but of course it will be a challenging race and this year, I am under no illusions that it will be easy to finish close to the front.

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"There will be a lot more riders who can fight for podiums and top positions when compared to the previous years. Having said that, I will do nothing but my best. The team did a great job over the winter so now it's up to me and I am ready.

"Qatar is always special as it's the only night race, which is really interesting and different for the MotoGP riders," added the 2013 Moto2 World Champion.

"I look forward to getting back on the Yamaha YZR-M1 and then giving my all to seize a good result which will set me up confidently for the next GPs."