Aleix Espargaro is confident recent work on finding smooth traction between the Suzuki GSX-RR with the Michelin tyres will be an added benefit around the Le Mans Bugatti circuit.
The Suzuki Ecstar rider says his feeling with the 2016 machine has improved hugely after a tricky start to the year, evident with two 11th place finishes in the opening two rounds, which has been built upon at the in-season Jerez test.
Coming off back-to-back fifth place finishes in America and Spain – his best career results with Suzuki – Espargaro is keen to continue the upward trend at this weekend's French MotoGP.
“I'm looking forward to Le Mans because I have the enthusiasm after the improvements we did at last race,” Espargaro said. “In Jerez, in particular, I found a good set-up and my confidence with the GSX-RR has grown a lot.
“I struggled in the beginning of the season and I'm so happy to be back to the top. The bike has a lot of potential and my crew is working really hard, and with this combination I'm sure we'll get to better results very soon.”
Espargaro says Suzuki's recent progress with gaining strong traction with the new Michelin rubber, after the compound structures were revised post-Argentina, will pay dividends at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit which demands good drive out of tight corner complexes.
“Le Mans is a particular track; very tight, and where we will need a lot of traction,” he said.” We have worked a lot on this area recently as it was pretty much an issue to us and we made big steps forward, so I hope the work we've done will pay off.”