Honda MotoGP rider Pol Espargaro rejected the suggestion that he was already instructed he wouldn’t stick with the crew, however mentioned he would have little hassle accepting the top of the Honda period or his MotoGP profession as a complete.
A MotoGP common since 2014, the 30-year-old joined Honda final yr and regardless of being Honda’s solely podium finisher up to now this season has largely struggled to dwell as much as the expectations set by his wonderful efficiency at KTM.
The shadows of Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir, two probably disgruntled champions thought-about attainable Honda targets, loomed giant over Espargaro’s future, whose contract will expire on the finish of the yr – 2022.
Whereas each Quartararo and Mir gave the impression to be on their technique to renewals, Mir – together with teammate Alex Rins – out of the blue turned a free agent on the information that his employer Suzuki was trying to depart MotoGP.
A subsequent report in La Gazzetta dello Sport went as far as to recommend that Espargaro was knowledgeable whereas Mir was in the marketplace that it will not want Honda’s companies past its present deal.
However talking earlier than the French Grand Prix at Le Mans, Espargaro made a stern refutation that appeared to focus on the report in query.
“There are two methods to name it – rumors or faux information,” he mentioned. “We’re in a world the place we’re more and more surrounded by faux information.
Alberto began with an Italian journalist. [Puig, Honda team boss] He mentioned one thing to me after the race. I swear on my ladies it is not true, it is faux.
“However we are saying all of the politics and all the things on the earth, how the world goes with faux information, it is onerous to regulate.
“What I will let you know on the finish of the day is that I will not touch upon rumors till they’re official. Rumors are rumors, faux information is faux information. I will be right here all the best way to Valencia and when one thing official occurs, we’ll discuss it then.
“However till then, Honda and I, each side are in fine condition and as all the time we are going to proceed to work this weekend and hopefully we will have a great race.”
Espargaro declined to enter any particulars, saying that there isn’t any deadline for the 2023 choice, however was additionally fairly candid about the potential for dropping the change within the driver market.
He mentioned he was “no extra fearful in regards to the previous” and added: “I am a racer, I am a MotoGP racer and I wish to be right here, to race in MotoGP.
“However on the finish of the day, I am a racer. If I am not right here, I will be elsewhere. If not, it is going to be me, I do not know, crew supervisor or no matter.