Pol Espargaro needed crutches after the Malaysian MotoGP, having broken a metatarsal bone in his left foot during Saturday practice - then returning to finish a brave sixth in the race.

The MotoGP rookie commented that he didn't use crutches to walk to the bike from his pitbox because "it's too much theatre", but the pain he endured during the race was etched on his face as he spoke to the media on Sunday evening.

"It was really hard, this race is always the hardest race but with the pain on the foot it was very difficult," said the Spaniard. "At the beginning I didn't feel the pain but I also couldn't feel my foot. So knowing how much pressure I was giving to the bike to help it turn.

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"After ten laps it was really painful and my boot was really hot and it was like it was going to explode. I had an injection this morning and in the afternoon I had some injections for the foot so that I wouldn't feel it and they were really good."

The injury may require surgery but Espargaro commented that he will do all that he can to avoid going under the knife because it would mean missing the final race of the season in Valencia and following test.

"Before the race they were 50/50 and they didn't know if it was necessary to operate, I preferred not to operate because it's never good to put something inside. But after the race it was worse because you make strange movements on the foot. I'll check again in Spain to see if it's necessary to operate."

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Kudos to Pol!!! I noticed the smoke and Scott Redding trying to warn him about it, but neither thought it would end in a ball of fire! Glad he was able to race and best of luck to Pol for the finale!