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GP Week : Issue 197
Pol espargaro is expecting to be race- ready to make his MotoGP debut in Qatar after undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone in Barcelona last Monday. Dr. Xavier Mir inserted a titanium plate on the injured collarbone at the Quiron Dexeus university Hospital and the Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP rookie started rehabilitation 48 hours later. esparagro came off his Tech 3 Yamaha M1 only two laps shy of completing his pre-season testing. He shared the fastest lap of the test with his brother Aleix, who is riding a Forward Racing FTR-Yamaha. “I am told the doctor Xavier Mir the operation has gone very well,” said espargaro, “the plate is already and now I need a bit of rehabilitation to arrive well to Qatar. The collarbone was a little worse than I thought, but the important thing is that everything has gone well.” “I can’t wait to begin to work in the recovery. sure it won’t be easy, because it is all very recent, but I am positive. Don’t know if I’ll be at 100 percent in the first race in Qatar, but I will work to be the best possible. I can’t wait.” at BriEFly » Triumph has won the Daytona 200 for the first time since 1967. Danny Eslick took a 10s win in the Florida classic, dominating the race after Dane Westby and Jason DiSalvo crashed out while in contention for the win. Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis finished on the podium on their Yamahas. The last rider to triumph for Triumph was Gary Nixon. » Valentino Rossi has ruled out any move to Suzuki. He told German publication Speedweek; “This is my team and the M1 is my motorcycle. As long as I can fight for podiums and victories, I will continue with Yamaha.” » Eight riders will have Mahindra MGP3Os under them in Moto3 this season. Factory riders Miguel Oliveira and Arthur Sissis will be backed up by Brad Binder and Jules Danilo (Ambrogio Racing); Bryan Schouten and Alessandro Tonucci (CIP Moto3); and Andrea Locatelli and Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia). » The Espargaro brothers will race against each other in MotoGP for the first time this week but it is not the first time that someone has taken on a sibling in the premier category. The last time Bro met Bro was in 2010 when Roger Lee Hayden subbed for Randy de Puniet on an LCR Honda, and took on Nicky Hayden. The Roberts lads, Kenny (Suzuki) and Kurtis (Proton KR) raced against each other in ’04; Nobuatsu Aoki raced his brother Takuma in 1997 and his other brother Haruchika two years later; and Bernard and Marc Garcia did it in 1994 and ’95. The Sarrons, Dominique and Christian, raced against each other in 1989. POL WANTS A CRACKER (DEBUT) MOTOGP >>> nEWs 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: