Pol Espargaro Likely To Miss Qualifying For Valencia - UPDATED

Pol Espargaro looks set to miss qualifying for the Valencia MotoGP round on Saturday. The Repsol Honda rider suffered a massive highside around Turn 13, getting flicked off the bike as the rear became unstable as he swept the bike from the right of Turn 12 to the long left at Turn 13.

Espargaro badly banged up his ribs on his right side, and injured his wrist, according to Dr Charte, one of the senior members of Dorna's medical team at the MotoGP races. Though his mobility was not compromised, he was in a great deal of pain.

Espargaro has been taken to the 9 de Octubre hospital in Valencia for further checkups. Dr Charte told Spanish broadcaster Dazn that Espargaro will not ride this afternoon, but the Repsol Honda team have not yet made an announcement on what the Spaniard will do.

UPDATED

The Repsol Honda team released the following statement after qualifying. Espargaro is back in the paddock, suffering with chest and stomach pains, and will assess his condition on Sunday morning:


Pol Espargaro escapes serious injury in Valencia

Following a heavy highside at Turn 13, Repsol Honda Team’s Pol Espargaro missed Saturday action in Valencia after scans and checks in hospital.

During MotoGP Free Practice 3, Pol Espargaro suffered a highside on the exit of Turn 12 heading into Turn 13. The Repsol Honda Team rider was taken to the circuit medical centre before being transported to 9 de Octubre Hospital in Valencia for further checks. Scans revealed heavy bruising, especially around the right thorax and abdomen.

Espargaro will rest tonight before assessing his condition and continued participation on Sunday morning.

Pol Espargaro

“Unfortunately today I had a very big crash during FP3 at Turn 13. The impact was very hard but fortunately I have no serious injuries and nothing appeared broken in the tests we did at the hospital. At the moment I have a lot of pain from around my ribs when I breathe, this is what hurts most. I’m really disappointed because we had great speed and I was feeling really confident. I’m sorry for my team. Tonight we will rest, take painkillers and see what the situation is in the morning.”

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