Espargaró set for evaluation after fracture
12 August 2016 – Suzuki will assess on Saturday morning whether Aleix Espargaró is fit to ride in the Austrian Grand Prix after he sustained a small fracture to the third finger on his left hand during practice.
Espargaró crashed at Turn 8 during the second session and while he walked away from the incident, he underwent further checks at the Medical Centre, where the fracture was diagnosed.
He also sprained a joint in his right thumb in the fall and both injuries will be evaluated ahead of the third practice session.
"Unfortunately Aleix incurred a crash at a time he was feeling good and was making solid improvements with faster and faster lap times," said team boss Davide Brivio.
"The crash generated a small fracture and he will need some physiotherapy this evening, so let's wait to see how he will feel in the night and then tomorrow morning and together we will decide what to do."
Ducati's Andrea Iannone is also riding with some pain after he revealing he injured his ribs during a training crash in the summer break.
"Thanks to painkillers I was able to do the first part of the session without suffering too much: luckily at this circuit there aren't too many changes in direction, so I'm not suffering that much," he explained.