Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro escaped from a horror crash relatively unscathed on the first lap of yesterday’s MotoGP clash at Silverstone, and will both ride at Misano this weekend..
The pair collided as Avintia Ducati’s Baz lined up a pass on the Monster Yamaha into the Maggotts/Becketts complex which resulted in both being taken to the medical centre to be released later after checks and scans.
“I can’t say a lot about the race because it was over before it really got going for me. In the first lap, I felt a strong impact from behind me at the first corner. I started to roll on the floor and then both my bike and Loris’ bike hit me,” said Espargaro.
“On one hand, I have to say that this incident was really bad luck, but then again, to be completely honest, the past few races have not gone exactly to plan. On the other hand, I have to be pleased that nothing worse happened.
“I must admit that I am feeling a lot of pain all over, and especially in my right tibia but this is not something that I am overly worried about and I am sure that with some relaxation and massages, I will be fine.”
Baz added: “It was quite a big scare! I had a good start and Pol overtook me in Turn 1. I was lining up to pass him on the inside at the next corner but Danilo (Petrucci) surprised me braking very early. When I realised I was about to collide with him, I went to right but Pol was on that line and I hit him. I don’t remember what happened next, until I arrived in the ambulance. According to the first examination, I didn’t have any serious injury.
“As I had a headache at the end of the day, I decided to go under the scanner but nothing came out of it. My foot hurts. I also have a nice sprain and also a grazed thigh. I am lucky not to have injured myself more seriously and I am sorry for Pol. I couldn’t avoid him, I had no other option. It’s a shame because we had the opportunity to do a good race. Now I’ll rest and get ready for Misano.”