It's been a difficult start to the 2015 season for Pol Espargaro, who heads for this weekend's opening European round at Jerez having scored three points less than at this stage of his rookie MotoGP campaign.

A DNF in Texas, where he was taken down on the opening lap by Scott Redding, has contributed to the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider being left ninth in the world championship after three rounds.

Espargaro finished ninth (Qatar) and eighth (Argentina) either side of the Austin incident, giving him on just over half the points of team-mate Bradley Smith.

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"After the first three races, we're heading back to Europe and for the first GP in my home country, which is always brilliant. The fans really help and motivate me and in Jerez the support is incredible. So I want to repay them with a great show in the race," Espargaro said.

"We have been a bit unlucky in the three opening rounds and couldn't perform at our best, therefore I wasn't able to challenge my team-mate. Yet, the team is doing a great job and I feel confident on the bike so overall, I am ready to go and challenge for the positions that I want and need to be in.

"The track is fast and it's such good fun to ride on the Yamaha, which really likes the rapid corners. We have a few things to work on, but we will hit the ground running, aim to qualify well and then see what happens.

"It was nice that we had a few days back at home to relax before we go to Andalusia for round 4 and the first European race, where I feel more confident about competing on these familiar tracks."