Pol Espargaro

Pol Espargaro
Full Name: 
Pol Espargaró Villà
Birth Date: 
9 June, 1991
Driver Status: 

Pol Espargaro Biography

Pol Espargaro was born on the 10th June, 1991, in Granollers, Spain, just behind the legendary Circuit the Catalunya. At the age of six years he took part in his first Enduro race, before competing later in Domestic Spanish road racing championships.

He first competed in World Championship racing in the 125cc class 2006, as a wild-card at the Cataluña Grand Prix. The young Spanish rider finished the race in 13th position, which at the time was a record for the youngest ever point scorer in GP racing, at the age of 15 years and eight days. Espargaro completed several additional wild-card races with a highlight being a sixth place at the finale at Valencia.

Pol then began his full time racing campaign in the 125cc class. During his first season, he scored a highly impressive podium at Estoril. He proceeded to improve, and quickly became a constant threat to the top five contenders. In 2009, the Spanish rider scored two Grand Prix victories on the way to fourth in the 125cc World Championship. In his final year in the 125cc class, Espargaro had his best season and finished third overall with three race wins.

The young Spaniard then moved up to the ultra-competitive 600cc four stroke, Moto2 class, and during his inaugural campaign in Moto2 in 2011, scored a second place at Indy and a third place at Sepang.

In 2012, Pol won a total of four Moto2 Grand Prix victories, as well as gaining seven podiums, and an impressive 8 pole positions. The end result was the runner up position in the World Championship behind Marc Marquez.

The clear favourite for the 2013 title, Espargaro nevertheless had to overcome some wobbly early season performances and a charging Scott Redding, finally overhauling the Englishman in the closing stages of the season. Espargaro took six victories, wrapping up the title at Motegi, the penultimate round.

2014 saw Espargaro step up to the premier MotoGP class with Monster Yamaha Tech3, setting personal goals of beating both his more experienced team-mate Bradley Smith and his brother Aleix.

To that end it was a successful year, Espargaro appearing every-inch the seasoned MotoGP performer on his way to top Rookie honours as well as being the leading non-Factory team rider. Though it wasn’t enough to see him score that elusive podium, a front row in France and a brave run to sixth a day after a monster shunt in Sepang were eye-catching performances.

Having built what looked like a strong foundation during his rookie season, Espargaro took a step-back during year two, sinking to ninth in the world championship as team-mate Smith got the clear upper hand. The only highlight of Espargaro's season was a Suzuka 8 hours victory for Yamaha, alongside Smith and Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and the pressure is on to perform in 2016.