Pol Espargaro and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 might be waiting to find out if they will use the seamless shift gearbox in MotoGP next season, but the recently crowned Moto2 world champion has certainly made a seamless adaptation to the premier class.

The 22-year-old Spaniard was in high spirits at the end of his debut MotoGP test, which saw him quicker than team-mate Bradley Smith for the early part of the final day, on his way to fifth fastest.

Espargaro was 1.2s from world champion Marc Marquez and just 0.5s slower than multi 2013 race winner Dani Pedrosa by the time he concluded testing.

"That was the result that I dreamed of! My dream was to be close to the factory bikes and to the leader but it was a great result today. We didn't do many laps today because the bike is perfect and I didn't want to crash it!" said Espargaro.

When asked what he learned from his first days on the YZR-M1, Espargaro said that he had been focusing on the electronics package and trying to learn about how the feeling on the bike changed as they adjusted some of the settings.

"We finished the test with a used tyre and tried some electronic changes to see what happened when we used less anti-wheelie and more traction control. We tested a lot of things but still I need more laps to learn how to ride the bike with my style and know the electronic systems on the bike."

There is still plenty to learn, but Espargaro is confident that the path ahead is clear.

"It's difficult in three days to change everything. I have to do more laps and adapt more to the MotoGP bike and I need more experience to feel the movements and to be faster.

"So today we made a good step. We know how we can improve and that is good because sometimes you are lost and not able to improve, but we know the way to improve by working with electronics and picking up the bike.

"We know what we have to do and how to do it."

Update: After he had finished testing, Espargaro was pushed down one place to sixth by Alvaro Bautista, but the time difference to Marquez and Pedrosa remained unchanged.



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