Espargaro hopes to be fit to race

espargaro injured in silverstone FP4 session
Saturday, 31 August 2013

Aleix Espargaro’s participation in the Hertz British Grand Prix is in doubt following a heavy crash in Saturday afternoon practice.

Courtesy of his quickest lap time from combined practice sessions one to three at Silverstone, the Power Electronics Aspar rider had already earned himself a place in the Q2 qualifying shootout, but was injured in Free Practice 4 as he lost control at the rapid entry to Maggots.

Having visited the circuit Medical Centre, it was confirmed that Espargaro had broken the fourth finger on his left hand as well as suffering neck pain. Sleeping on Saturday night with the aid of painkillers, the Spaniard will then undergo a check-up at 8:30am on Sunday in order to discover whether or not he will be able to race.

“In the morning we did a great job, despite our disadvantage over a track of this distance, and we made it through for Q2,” the CRT rider comments. “In the last free practice, the pace was also good on the used tyre. I put on some new hard tyres and I don’t know what went wrong.”

Explaining his accident, Espargaro continued:

“I left the box, arrived at the end of the straight slowly and the rear locked up and it threw me off. It was a real shame the day ended like that, as I think I could have had a good result. The finger is broken and it hurts, as does the neck, so I need to try and get some rest, then we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

The leading CRT rider on Sunday’s grid will be NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards, whose 11th place grid slot is his best of the season so far.

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