MotoGP Mugello Sick Bay Update: Pol Espargaro Out, Enea Bastianini And Miguel Oliveira in (Probably)
With three weekends away from racing, MotoGP's walking wounded have had time to rest and recover, and prepare for a return to racing. At Mugello, there should be 21 of the 22 full-time riders on the grid, and, barring ill fortune and more injuries, a full grid at either the Sachsenring or Assen.
To start with the one certainty, GasGas and the Tech3 team have confirmed that Pol Espargaro will not race at Mugello this weekend. Espargaro is still in the long process of recovering from the harsh injuries sustained in a crash during practice for the first MotoGP round of 2023 at Portimão.
Espargaro had hoped to be fit for the start of the Mugello-Sachsenring-Assen triple header, but received medical advice to miss the Italian Grand Prix. The Spaniard still has some swelling around the vertebrae he injured in the crash in Portugal, so he is waiting for that to recede before racing again.