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 am very sorry for the Sachsenring's race outcome,” the Pramac rider began.
“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.”