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Espargaro’s British GP uncertain after “violent” 115mph MotoGP crash

The Spaniard crashed at 115mph through the Farm Curve left-hander on Saturday afternoon in the FP4 session before qualifying.

Espargaro needed to be stretchered off track before being taken up to the medical centre for checks on his right foot.

Despite suffering heavy bruising, Espargaro could be a part of qualifying and heroically put his Aprilia sixth on the grid but cancelled all media activities afterwards because of the pain in his foot getting worse.

At the moment, his participation in Sundays race is uncertain.

The crash was the final thing we needed, Espargaro said in a team statement. I was feeling good on the bike, pushing hard, and the high side was rather violent.

Im in plenty of pain in fact it is getting worse, so combined with the team and the docs, we decided it could be best for me personally to rest until tomorrow and measure the situation following the warm-up.

Ill obviously do everything I could to be on the track but, since were discussing part of the body that’s highly stressed during riding, well need to see if its likely.

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

This crash has come at the worst possible moment for Espargaro as he makes the 12th round of the 2022 season second in the standings.

Espargaro reduced his deficit to Yamahas Fabio Quartararo to 21 points at the final round in holland in June before the summer break, after fighting back again to fourth once the Frenchman forced him off track in early stages in a collision.

Quartararo must serve an extended lap penalty in Sundays 20-lap British GP as punishment for the collision at Assen although reigning world champion has been outspoken about his dismay at MotoGP stewards decision to penalise him.

The sister Aprilia of Maverick Vinales took his best qualifying of the entire year on Saturday at Silverstone when he went second quickest, 0.098s adrift of polesitter Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati.

Vinales has said in recent weeks he is pleased to help Espargaro in his title bid, but insisted on Saturday at Silverstone that no discussions regarding team orders have already been had at Aprilia up to now.

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