Pol Espargaro currently sits in fifth overall in the MotoGP standings, however, has said that he would not have trusted someone who said that this would be the case in the pre-season.
KTM have come on leaps and bounds since 2019, bringing out a bike which is clearly stronger than the 2019 version. In 2019 Espargaro qualified in 17th place at Jerez with a time of 1:37.798, fast forward one year and Espargaro sits 7th on the grid with a time of 1:37.493, 0.305 faster than last year. Espargaro believes the bike is stronger than the Ducati everywhere but the straights at Jerez.
Dani Pedrosa has been majorly influential in the KTM development with Espargaro praising the MotoGP legend for his development. The Austrian motorbike is incredibly reliable according to Espargaro, pointing out the issues Yamaha and Ducati have had during the race weekends.