2014 MotoGP: Pol Espargaro Undergoes Successful Surgery

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Yamaha Tech3 rookie and brother to 2013 CRT World Champion Aleix, Pol Espargaro has undergone a successful surgery yesterday in Barcelona. Young Espargaro was treated for a fractured collarbone and a metal plate has been screwed in to keep his bone in place and add the needed strength for the 23 march kick-off MotoGP round in Qatar, at the Losail circuit.
It was at the same circuit where Pol Espargaro crashed two days ago, two laps before the last official test outing ahead of the season debut ended. His fracture is not a severe one, and could heal without surgery, but that would require a longer period of rest. Espargaro and Tech3 agreed that surgery was the best option for having him ready in time for the March 23 race.

Espargaro was operated by Dr. Xavier Mir at the Quiron Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, and he is expected to be able to begin light rehab within 48 hours.

The Tech3 rookie finished the test in Qatar in the second position, 33 milliseconds adrift his brother, and more than a tenth of a second ahead of his team mate Bradley Smith. The factory teams have not been present in the final Losail test, after having used their final pre-season outing helping Bridgestone test the new tires in Australia at Phillip Island.

Aside from the good weather conditions in the Southern hemisphere, the Phillip Island circuit has been chosen for the tire test to verify the improvements the rubber compound received over the last year’s version. In 2013, the Australia GP had to be shortened and split in two 10-lap stints due to the resurfaced track excessively wearing the tires and posing huge safety hazards.
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