MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Reportedly to Become Honda Test Rider in 2025

Speculation is growing stronger linking Aleix Espargaró to Honda as a MotoGP test rider for 2025 after his retirement announcement, though his future intentions remain undisclosed.

By Divyam Dubey | on June 3, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Aleix Espargaro is to retire from active racing at the end of this season and is expected to become an official test rider for Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) in MotoGP starting in 2025. Before the Catalan Grand Prix, the experienced rider announced his upcoming retirement, ending a 20-year career in the MotoGP paddock. Espargaro achieved three wins in the top class with Aprilia. He had expressed interest in becoming a test rider, using his extensive experience. Despite his success with Aprilia, Espargaro stated he would not continue with the Italian brand beyond 2024. According to the source, Honda plans to hire the Spaniard as a test rider for 2025, a significant move considering HRC's recent challenges. 

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Career

Espargaro's contract with Aprilia ends this year. When he signed it two years ago, he hinted this would be his final MotoGP season.

Espargaro made a notable debut in MotoGP in 2009, earning points in his first race as a substitute for Pramac Ducati at the Indianapolis GP, finishing thirteenth. His impressive performance in all four 2009 appearances led to a full-season contract with Pramac in 2010.

Aprilia Aleix Espargaro

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In 2015, Espargaro joined the Suzuki factory team, riding alongside Maverick Viñales. He played a key role in developing the GSX-RR motorcycle, though he struggled to secure race wins. Moving to Aprilia in 2017, Espargaro pushed the limits of an underperforming bike. His perseverance paid off in 2021 when he achieved Aprilia's first MotoGP podium. In 2022, he further cemented his legacy by winning in Argentina.

Throughout his career, Espargaro has been a vocal advocate for safety improvements in racing, demonstrating his devotion not only to his success but also to the well-being of all involved in the sport.

MotoGP: Honda's 2024 Season

MotoGP Honda

Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) has faced tough times lately, clinching only one win last year with Alex Rins in Austin and landing at the bottom of the constructors' standings for two years straight.

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To combat this slump, Honda sees potential in Aleix Espargaro as a key asset. Despite Joan Mir leading Honda with just 13 points, his teammate Luca Marini has yet to score any. Espargaro's experience and skill could be pivotal in reviving Honda's fortunes in MotoGP.


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