News 7 Aug 2018

Cracked collarbone of Espargaro set to heal naturally

Injury not as serious as initially suspected for Red Bull KTM racer.

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Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro will not require surgery on his broken collarbone sustained at Brno during the morning warm-up session.

Espargaro’s collabore injury isn’t as bad as initially feared, KTM has revealed, however he remains hospitalised under evaluation.

“Pol was checked in Barcelona on Monday morning and we had the positive news that he wouldn’t need surgery for what is just a crack, rather than a full break to his collarbone,” commented KTM team manager Mike Leitner. “There was also no damage to other bones or to his spine.

“He will have another check this week when the swelling has reduced. Pol needs to rest and we’ll have to keep assessing and controlling his situation as he has a lot of neck pain. He’ll stay in hospital until the end of the week, so for sure he will not make the grand prix at Spielberg.”

With both Espargaro and official test rider Mika Kallio both currently injured, this week’s Brno test for Red Bull KTM has centred around Bradley Smith, who is yet to secure his future ahead of the 2019 season.