Espargaró thankful to be racing in America
21 July 2010 – Following the three-way accident at the Sachsenring which left Randy de Puniet with a broken leg, the Frenchman is naturally out of action this weekend although Aleix Espargaró is fortune to be taking part, having feared that he wouldn’t be.
Upon visiting a German hospital following the shunt, Espargaró’s problem was eventually discovered although only after an agonising wait.
“I fell when I was in twelfth position but I was very close to the riders ahead of me. I wanted to take part in the second stint but the regulations prohibit it.”
Aleix recalls the hours following the incident. “Luckily, I didn’t break anything in the fall,” he began. “I was a little scared when I was in Chemnitz hospital because the doctors had no common opinion on the diagnosis.
“After the x-ray, some said that my C7 vertebra was broken and that I had to rest for two weeks; others argued that what they saw was an old fracture and that I would still have no problem riding my bike next weekend - fortunately, the final diagnosis was that I didn’t pick up any new fractures from the fall.”