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Espargaro: “Sometimes I even felt dizzy”

Espargaro: “Sometimes I even felt dizzy”

Pol Espargaro battles through a sore neck and the heat for a top ten in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Warm Up was a disastrous session for Pol Espargaro who was hit at Turn 1 by Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), the pair crashing. Espargaro then went to the medical center for neck pain, receiving extensive treatment and a medical check before the race. Although he was declared fit, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider knew he was not at full fitness, which would make the already grueling race even more difficult. The race got underway and Espargaro tried to push hard at the start, making his way up to seventh position on the opening lap and settling into his rhythm. A battle soon emerged with Espargaro and his brother Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) for sixth, but the pain began to build.

During the race Espargaro began to feel more and more pain and even felt dizzy on occasion as the pressures of racing plagued havoc on his injured neck. At the end he was pleased to simply cross the line at all, even down in ninth position. This is the second year in a row that Espargaro has been forced to battle through injury in Sepang, in 2014 he raced with a recently broken foot. He will undergo further checks on his neck in Barcelona ahead of the Valencia GP.

Pol Espargaro: “I must admit that today’s race was one of the hardest that I have ever had to ride. During the warm up this morning, Barberá crashed into me and I hurt my neck badly. As a result, I had to get it checked before the race so I went to the hospital and to the Clinica Mobile. I have to thank all of the staff, because they worked really hard to make sure that I was in the best possible condition, although in all honesty, I wasn’t feeling great at all. I knew that it was going to be a hard race and sure enough, it was. I experienced a lot of pain and sometimes I even felt dizzy, but I gave it my 100% and tried my best to get to the chequered flag. Obviously, how I felt riding the bike as well as the setting and everything else was less important, as I was just fighting and counting down the laps. Yet, looking back, I think I could have clinched a good result bearing in mind how the race progressed and how my pace was in the practice this morning. Anyway, now I will have my neck checked again in Barcelona and after that, I will try to be as fit as possible for Valencia."

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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