Aleix Espargaro is aiming for a top six championship position in 2014, fully aware of the fact that there will be more full Factory rides available next year.
A third of the way through the current campaign, the NGM Forward Racing rider sits seventh in the MotoGP Riders’ Championship and just five points off his desired position of sixth, which is ironically held by brother Pol (Monster Yamaha Tech 3). Since moving from the Aspar team at the end of 2013, the elder of the two Espargaro siblings is confident that his decision to switch to Forward had paid off.
“Going to Forward was the right decision because it was what I wanted, what I felt like doing,” Espargaro said. “I do not mean it like I want to take all the credit myself because, at the moment of deciding, nobody knew how the Honda RCV1000R (of Aspar) would go or how the Forward-Yamaha would be, so I have been lucky. But it was what I felt inside of me – I had to do it and time has proven me right.”
Openly admitting that he has the option to return to Aspar next year, sporting a close relationship with team owner Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez and still undecided over his future, Espargaro is also keeping a close eye on Factory teams such as Suzuki, with the Japanese marque set to return to MotoGP for the 2015 season.
“I know more doors will be open with the arrival of Suzuki,” the Spaniard continues. “The more factories we have on the grid, the better, and we need to be fast because it is clear that – when a Factory like Suzuki arrives – they will want to sign the best riders and that will come down to them looking at the final championship standings and seeing who is up there. So my aim is to finish within the top six in the championship in order to have my options.”
Over the first six races of 18 this year, Espargaro averages seventh place in qualifying and ninth place in the Grands Prix. His next destination of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was the scene of his only career podium to date in 2011, when he finished third behind Stefan Bradl and Marc Marquez in the Moto2 race.Aleix Espargaro, MotoGP, Suzuki