Aleix Espargaro Declared Unfit For Sachsenring Race After Warmup Crash

Aleix Espargaro is to miss the German round of MotoGP. The Gresini Aprilia rider crashed heavily at Turn 4 during the morning warm up, slamming into the air fence. He suffered some chest trauma in the crash, and was taken to the medical center, in obvious pain. From there, he was taken to hospital in Chemnitz for further examinations.

Below is the press release from Aprilia on Espargaro's crash:


Aleix Espargaró, victim of a violent crash at turn 4 during the Warm Up, will not start today's German GP. After crashing on his fifth lap at the circuit of Sachsenring, the Spanish rider suffered a bad thoracic trauma in the left ribs area and was helicoptered to the nearby hospital of Chemnitz for further checks.


Back to top


After just missing out on a top-10 in free practice, then just missing Q2 by a couple of thousands of a second, and to round it off six places grid penalty (his own clumsy mistake, but still), things finally seemed to go well in warm-up... And then this nasty crash. Feel really sorry for him and the team. Missing the race must be extra frustrating when you see that even though he missed most of the warm-up, he still was 5th fastest. Also given his previous performances here (on the ART, the Suzuki and the Aprilia last year), he could at least look forward to make some proper progress during the race.

I hope he heals quickly and that the second half of the season will bring all the luck he has been missing so far in 2018.