Espargaró confident over KTM's prospects
5 January 2017 – Pol Espargaró is confident that new factory team KTM has what it takes to gradually work its way to the front of the MotoGP grid, stating that "where they go, they win".
KTM will join MotoGP full-time in 2017 after extensive testing and development, with Espargaró and Bradley Smith – formerly of Tech 3 Yamaha – signed as its riders.
"KTM have big ideas," Espargaró told the MotoGP website.
"Where they go [in motorcycle racing], they win. They're confident of their potential, but it's still a very young project, so we need experience – but I'm quite positive.
"From the first race we need to keep improving, until the last one.
"We're here to try, and to show that KTM can do it."
Espargaró is curious to see how KTM's approach pans out.
"We're using different front forks that no one is using," he added.
"I don't know if that will be a problem or an advantage, but it's certainly different.
"The tubular chassis is the most worrying thing, not because it's bad; because it's new. KTM uses it everywhere else, but it's really different to what MotoGP is used to."
KTM competed in the final round of the 2016 season with test rider Mika Kallio; the Finn qualified 20th out of 22 runners and retired from the race with an electrical issue.