Spanish MotoGP Rider Aleix Espargaro Suffers Two Fractures in Foot
Spanish MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro has suffered two fractures and ligament damage to his foot after a cycling accident at Mugello last Thursday. The initial x-ray scans showed no fractures, but his foot was swollen, causing him pain throughout the weekend. After finishing sixth in the Italian GP, Espargaro underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed he had actually sustained two fractures to his foot, along with significant swelling and damaged ligaments. Despite being a high-grade injury, it was not entirely unexpected given the extent of his discomfort over the weekend. Speaking ahead of the German GP on Thursday, Espargaro explained that doctors have advised him not to walk or put any weight on his injured foot by wearing a special splint boot. He is hopeful that he will experience less pain than at Mugello due to Sachsenring’s layout. Espargaro’s younger brother Pol was also expected to race in Germany following multiple back and jaw fractures from earlier races this season. However, he has once again been ruled out by medical professionals. Aleix expressed frustration over Pol’s absence as they are both passionate about racing: “Pol is very sad…I want him to come here and race.” Though Aleix attempted to convince Pol otherwise so that he could still join them for team events during Assen next week before flying back home together after the race. Despite undergoing weekly tests since his previous injuries earlier this season, there remains uncertainty regarding whether or not Pol will be allowed to compete anytime soon as per medical advice- even if it means missing out on some exciting upcoming races such as Assen.