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Qatar MotoGP: Pol Espargaro avoids further collarbone damage

"My injury is not worse and that is important" - Pol Espargaro.
Pol Espargaro elicited winces throughout the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 garage when the MotoGP rookie fell heavily in Friday's FP3 session - impacting his recently fractured collarbone.

Espargaro was grateful not to have damaged his recently plated shoulder and went on to end the night eleventh fastest overall, meaning he will have to participate in Saturday's Q1 session.

“Today was a big crash but I am good," said the reigning Moto2 champion. "It was a big crash with high speed in the middle of the corner, but my injury is not worse and that is important. I have a little bit of pain in the collarbone but it is not a big problem.

“I don't really know what happened because it's the first time this happened to me so maybe the temperature was not high enough with the tyre. But I haven't had the same good feeling with the rear like I had at the test.”

Having missed out on an automatic spot in the Q2 session, only the top ten runners are guaranteed a shot at pole position, Espargaro will now have to fight to make it into the shootout.

With the likes of Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards able to use the soft Open class tyre in the session, it could be difficult for Espargaro to make the cut. When asked by about this task, Espargaro said:

“It will be difficult to fight with the Open and Ducati guys on the soft tyre and it will be difficult this season and we have to accept it because it will be the norm with some Open in front of us at some tracks. When the conditions are good the soft tyre won't work much better than our hard tyre, but when conditions aren't good at some tracks we will see a big improvement in lap time.”

Pol also commented on the amazing display by his older brother Aleix, who has set the pace in every session on the Open class Forward Yamaha.

“Aleix is doing an amazing job and riding so fast with the soft and has a good pace and rhythm with the hard tyre. With the soft one he is making an amazing difference. I think for us at the moment we have time to learn and the pressure is not on us but the official bikes have to think about it and I'm sure that someone will not sleep well tonight!"

Pol's team-mate Bradley Smith was sixth fastest on Friday.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Espargaro

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