Aleix Espargaro Injures Back, Will Miss Private Sepang MotoGP Test

Aleix Espargaro has fractured a vertebra in a training accident. The factory Suzuki rider was out training on an off road bike, when he landed heavily from a jump, and felt pain in his back. He was taken to hospital, where an MRI scan revealed a flexion fracture of the vertebra, forcing him to miss the Sepang test planned for next week.

The injury suffered by Espargaro should not see him out of action for long. The Spaniard was discharged from hospital on Friday morning, and will now have to rest for a two to three week period to allow him to recover. No further complications were found when he was examined, and rest and physiotherapy should see him make a quick and full recover.

Espargaro's injury does mean that he will miss out on his first chance to try the new spec, or unified software to be used in MotoGP for 2016. At the Valencia test, both Espargaro and Viñales concentrated on learning to use the new Michelin tires, with their first run on the unified software scheduled for a private test at Sepang next week. Now, only Viñales will test it, along with Suzuki's test riders Takuya Tsuda and Nobu Aoki.

The press release from Suzuki appears below:


Team Suzuki Press Office – November 20.

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Aleix Espargarò will not part in the Sepang test in Malaysia next week following a training accident yesterday, November 19th, near his home town of Granollers in Spain.

Espargarò was riding an off road bike and when landing from a jump suddenly reported pain in his back.

After his immediate transfer to the Hospital Universitari Quiron Deixeus in Barcelona, he underwent initial medical checks and was kept in overnight for observation.

This morning a further MRI reported a flexion fracture of the T9 vertebrae but excluded any further complications.

He was cleared to go home today and he will now take a two-to-three-week rest that should see him fully-recover.

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Sepang test on November 23-24th will see only team-mate Maverick Viñales and Suzuki MotoGP test riders Takuya Tsuda and Nobuatsu Aoki on track testing the development of the new Michelin tyres and new unified software.

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