Aleix Espargaro is confident he can enjoy a strong race with Suzuki at the Assen MotoGP as he prepares for his first event since it was confirmed he won't be racing with the manufacturer in 2017.

With Suzuki this week officially confirming an all-new rider line-up for the 2017 MotoGP season with rookie Alex Rins being paired with the already announced Andrea Iannone, Espargaro has been frozen out of the team.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard is tipped to be revealed as joining Aprilia for 2017, where he will ride alongside another Moto2 graduate Sam Lowes.

In the meantime, Espargaro is remaining focused on the job in hand and believes the recent Catalunya test will get him back to form after his perfect finishing record was scuppered last time out in Spain.

"Assen is one of my favourite tracks in the championship and with the improvements we have done lately I believe we can do a good race. From the test in Barcelona two weeks ago, I found a better direction for the development.

"I will probably go back to the standard chassis as we found some very interesting options in the set-up that can be further explored and exploited. At the end of the test last Monday I did many laps because I felt very comfortable and had a clear perception that we were moving ahead.

"This continuous improvement, together with the layout of the TT circuit, gives me a further enthusiasm towards this next race."



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