2014 MotoGP: Pol Espargaro Breaks Collarbone in Qatar, Having Surgery Today

Pol Espargaro befor crashing in Qatar. 4 photos
Pol Espargaro in Qatar test day 3Pol Espargaro in Qatar test day 3Aleix Espargaro in Qatar test day 3
Tech3 Yamaha rookie Pol Espargaro had an untimely end for his final outing ahead of the debut of the 2014 season, as he broke his left collarbone during the last of the three testing days. The younger of the Espargaro brothers was second on the time sheets of day 3 at the Losail circuit, 33 thousandths of a second adrift brother Aleix, and despite his crash he maintained his position.
Pol Espargaro suffered a minor collarbone fracture, with no dislocation, and this means that his injury could heal in about three weeks. However, Pol Espargaro doesn’t have this time, as in 10 days’ time, the championship will kick off at the very same desert circuit in Qatar. After being examined at the Clinica Mobile by doctor Michele Zasa and agreeing with his team that he should ride in the debut round, Pol was flown to Barcelona this morning.

The will be examined once more by a traumatologist and a decision will be made there. Dr. Zasa agreed that the injury was a minor one, but in order to withstand a race, Pol’s collarbone should most likely be reinforced with a plate. The results of such a surgery would also make healing more consistent and also provide him with increased peace of mind through the race.

Herve Poncharal, the Tech3 boss added: “Pol needed to adapt as quickly as possible to the bike, and he still has a long way to go, but I’m sure he will give us great pleasure during the season and surprise us at some races. Of course he has been unlucky to crash in such an unfortunate way and hurt himself, but with the determination he has shown so far there is no doubt that he will be back here for the race and ready to give his all.”

The 2014 MotoGP season kicks off on March 20 at the Losail circuit in Qatar, also being the one and only spectacular night race of the calendar. Hopefully, we won't get to see as many riders crashing in the debut round. The last day of testing in Qatar saw 9 riders crashing, but Espargaro came off the worst of all.
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