Pol Espargaró’s Blog: Piano, one of my passions off the circuit

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This is Pol Espargaró’s first blog at Box Repsol, in which he tells us one of his great passions outside the track: playing the piano.

Pol Espargaró’s Blog: Piano, one of my passions off the circuit

Hi, Box Repsol followers! This is the first time I’ve come to you via this blog, and I wanted to talk about something that you have asked me about on social media: my passion for music. Like motorcycles, I’ve enjoyed it my entire life. Piano is one of my greatest passions and something that I started as a kid. I’ve always loved music, instruments. When I was in primary school, there were after-school piano lessons. That’s where it all began.

I told my parents that I wanted to learn an instrument and they thought that perhaps the piano was a good choice because it could help me as a rider. For example, it taught me to improve my reflexes and sharpen my mind.

I started learning piano when I was five or six and took classes for five years, but as I got older I hardly had the time to dedicate myself to piano like I really wanted to. When I wasn’t racing, I wanted to hang out with my friends, so I had to give it up. And even now, music is still a hobby that requires a lot of time.

But it didn’t end there. At twenty-something, I started playing again and still today I play almost every day when I’m at home. And that’s not always easy to do. With a little one at home and daily training, it’s tough. On top of that, as you can imagine, you need a lot of silence so you don’t lose focus. Despite all that — even if it’s just a short while, even just twenty minutes — I try to play piano almost every day, mostly at night before going to bed.

When it comes to influences, I could name many. Off the top of my head, there’s a composer called Ludovico Einaudi. I play four of his songs, and I like him a lot. In general, I play a variety of different types of songs, a wide assortment. I don’t sway toward one style of music specifically, but this pianist I reference is really a favorite.
Mind you, a hobby is just that. I’m not going to be giving a piano concert in front of an audience. It’s something I struggle with a lot, even if it’s just my wife. The truth is I don’t know if I’d even be able to play for my team.

When you play an instrument and you’re nervous, the first reaction your body has is your hands start to shake. Just like you need silence and a calm environment, you also need extreme precision to play the piano. If you’re nervous and start to shake, you’ll make mistakes and have to stop playing. It’s happened to me before, and honestly, it’s really common in the world of piano. Actually, in the world of music in general. Anyway, like I’ve said, piano has always been a great passion of mine, and it always will be.

So there’s that. All the best to everyone. Thank you for your support! See you again in future Box Repsol blogs.

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