Monster Yamaha’s Pol Espargaro will take part in tomorrow’s Sepang MotoGP race despite breaking a bone in his left foot after a highside in free practice three caused by oil on the rear tyre of his YZR-M1.
A piece of glass was flicked into the Spaniard’s engine and punctured the oil cooler, allowed a film of oil to coat the rear tyre. Riders including Andrea Dovizioso and Scott Redding tried to warn Espargaro but he couldn’t see the problem and ended up being spat off.
“My injury is not the best right now. We are putting some ice on it and hopefully we can ride in the race. It will be difficult but we will fight for and hopefully everything will be ok,” said Espargaro, speaking at Sepang.
“The bike was letting some small oil on the rear. It was impossible to see. I didn’t saw it but Dovi and Redding did. The bike felt normal with the same power so I continued pushing. But coming at the end of the straight, it was on the rear wheel and I fly.
“We have to forget it, tomorrow we have a race. Changing gear will be difficult with the pain and we will try to make something to avoid this. I don’t know, I haven’t raced like this before so we shall see.”
Espargaro will start from 12th on the grid as although he didn't take part in qualifying, his free practice results were enough for him to automatically qualifying for Q2.