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Pol Espargaro’s Sepang race fitness to be assessed on Sunday

Pol Espargaro’s Sepang race fitness to be assessed on Sunday

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargaro suffered a heavy fall in the closing minutes of FP3 at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, which resulted in him fracturing the head of the second metatarsal in his left foot.

Therefore, the young Spanish rider decided to sit out FP4 as well as the Q2 session - which he still qualified for, due to scoring 10th position overall after FP3.

The high side occurred in the first corner while Espargaro was looking to post a fast lap. A small piece of glass damaged the oil radiator of his Yamaha machine and formed a small hole - causing a very fine oil leak, which was not visible to the rider.

The 23 year-old still hopes to contest Sunday’s 20-lap battle in Malaysia and the final decision will be made after his physical condition has been examined before the Warm Up. If he is fit he will start from 12th on the grid.

The rider from Barcelona said, “I am feeling sore after the heavy fall, but we must move on and I still hope to be able to compete in the race. I saw Dovizioso and Redding pointing to let me know something wasn’t right on the rear, but I couldn’t see anything wrong with the bike as the oil leak was so small. Therefore I continued riding normally as the bike felt the same and there was no reduction in power on the straight, but then I hit the brakes and fell at the first corner as oil had slipped onto the rear tyre.”

“If I can race, I hope to be in a position to try and use the Warm Up to make further adjustments to the bike, but the most difficult aspect to deal with will be changing the gears. We have to forget about today now. I have never ridden in this condition, but we will see how I recover overnight.”

MotoGP, 2014, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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