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Pol Espargaro to miss qualifying in Valencia

After a nasty FP3 crash, the Repsol Honda rider was taken to a local hospital for further inspection

Repsol Honda have announced that Pol Espargaro has avoided any serious injuries after an FP3 crash but will not take any further part in Saturday’s action at the Motul Grand Prix of Valencia. The Spaniard is still undergoing medical inspection in a nearby hospital.

Pol Espargaro suffers vicious Turn 13 highside during FP3

The number 44 suffered a nasty highside during the morning session at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit at Turn 13 which saw him stretchered off the track. Following a brief examination at the circuit’s medical centre, Repsol Honda team boss Alberto Puig said he had a potential injury to his rib and thoracic area.

After undergoing further examinations at Vithas Hospital October 9, HRC have tweeted that the number 44 will be absent from the rest of the day’s action, but that he has avoided any serious injuries. Speaking to MotoGP™ Spanish broadcaster DAZN, Puig offered a further update on his condition. 

"A blow to the wrist. He has a big bruise on his chest, on his ribs. Apparently, according to the CAT scan, there is no fracture, which is very important. What he will be in tremendous pain and we will see how he comes back. The important thing was to rule out fractures and that's why it was decided that he should go to Valencia for a complete examination.

It is not yet known if Espargaro will be deemed fit enough to participate in Sunday’s race. We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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