P. Espargaro: If I get the green light, I'll race in Mugello

The GASGAS Tech3 rider is on the mend after a serious crash during Round 1, and is hopeful of returning to the track at the Italian GP

With just over a week until the MotoGP™ World Championship roars back to life at the Oakley Grand Prix of Italy, Pol Espargaro (GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3) has shared some exciting news in an interview with Spanish broadcaster TV3. He revealed that in the coming days, he will undergo a crucial medical examination that could finally give him an exact timeframe for his long-awaited comeback. "Next week, I'll have my medical check-up, and if the doctors give me the green light, I'll be heading to Mugello. If that's not possible, I'll aim to make it back for the second race (Sachsenring) or the third (Assen) of this triple-header," he stated.

Pol Espargaro, GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3, Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal

The promising news follows on from recent comments from the Spaniard on DAZN that he had been putting in an immense effort towards his recovery in order to be ready for the Italian GP. Expressing a burning desire to hop back on the bike, he shared, "I'm itching to get back on the motorcycle. It's what gets me out of bed every day, my ultimate fuel. I'd love to return for Mugello. Seeing the KTM bikes performing well also fuels my motivation," he exclaimed during the weekend at Le Mans.

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Espargaro's major crash during the TISSOT Grand Prix of Portugal in March inflicted a series of heavy injuries, including a double jaw fracture, ear damage, cervical fractures leading to nerve complications, two broken ribs, and three fractured vertebrae. Reflecting on his arduous road to recovery, he said: "Now, I find myself in a privileged position with very little pain, almost none. Those initial days were a fight for my life. While I wasn't fully aware during my time in the ICU, I witnessed the suffering of those around me."

During his conversation with DAZN, the younger Espargaro brother admitted he contemplated retirement from the sport. However, the spirit of a true rider prevailed. "The thought of quitting crossed my mind... I had plenty of time for introspection. Observing the suffering of those close to me... witnessing my wife's distress led me to think about such a decision. But she has reassured me time and again that she met me as a rider, and it's what brings me happiness. Seeing me happy brings her joy too."

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