Pol Espargaro, the Tech3 rider, has been eagerly waiting to get back on track after his unfortunate accident at the Portugal season opener. However, despite initial hopes of returning to racing this week at Mugello’s Italian Grand Prix, he is still unable to race due to an edema around his vertebrae that requires treatment.
Espargaro suffered multiple fractures in his jaw and back after being thrown from his KTM during FP2 in Portugal. He underwent surgery immediately and had his jaw wired shut for four weeks as part of the recovery process.
Although his team initially aimed for a return this weekend, it seems more likely that we’ll see him rejoin the grid later at either the German or Dutch GP instead. The GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 crew stated they are eager to welcome him back but will have to wait a little longer before he can climb aboard RC16 again.
The Road To Recovery
Since March’s fall during practice and qualifying program for the 2023 season-opener Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, Espargaro has been rehabbing primarily from a severe injury in his back but has made good progress toward full fitness since then.
Jonas Folger – KTM test rider – replaced him when he couldn’t make it three times already; France, Spain & US. While Augusto Fernandez performed well enough last time out with fourth place finish which was also an excellent result given he competed against experienced riders who finished behind him here.
Awaiting His Return
The team remains hopeful that #44 will appear soon from a Grand Prix pit lane as there are three races in a row coming up; the Italian Grand Prix followed by the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at Sachsenring, and then finally, the Dutch Grand Prix at TT Circuit Assen. It is hoped that Espargaro will return to racing for this MotoGP triple-header before a well-deserved summer break.
That being said, fans are certainly eager to see Pol back on track as soon as possible. Until then, we’ll have to wait patiently and hope his recovery continues smoothly.