Aleix Espargaro is one rider who could have done without back-to-back MotoGP weekends after the Suzuki ace fractured his right hand during a practice spill in Austria.
Espargaro was forced to retire from the race at the Red Bull Ring a result of the pain but has had little time for respite, with Brno in the Czech Republic up next this weekend.
“The race in Austria was really tough for me, unfortunately the finger hurt a lot and I couldn't keep proper grip on the handlebars when the tyre-drop started to make the bike move,” said the Spanish rider.
“This resulted in a retirement and it's something I never like when it happens. I really tried hard until the very last lap because I wanted to finish the race, but it was impossible and I had to give up.
“We only had a couple of days of recovery before this Brno race, but I tried to work hard to recover as much as possible and I hope I will be in good condition for this weekend.”
Despite the injury, Espargaro has been boosted after making some gains with the Suzuki in Austria and remains confident of a strong finish this weekend.
“The Brno track is a nice one, last year Maverick had a very good race and this year our technical package is even better, so I'm confident for a positive result.
“In Austria we made some improvements and steps forward with the machine, being competitive all weekend, so we will try to exploit that positive path we've found.”