The start of the MotoGP World Championship last weekend left an image that warmed the hearts of motorcycling fans. Pol Espargaró suffered a serious accident on Friday during free practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix, which forced his evacuation by means of a medicalized helicopter to the hospital in Faro.
The driver from Granollers, currently with GasGas, suffered a fractured jaw, one in the dorsal vertebra and another in the neck, as well as a severe pulmonary contusion. All this will keep the youngest of the Espargaró away from the slopes for a long period of time. That same Sunday he was transferred to Barcelona and was admitted to the Quirón Dexeus Clinic to undergo surgery on his jaw.
Messages of encouragement from the paddock proliferated, although the most special was the one dedicated to him by his brother Aleix through social networks. "You already knew, but just in case, my brother is the fucking boss, stronger and braver than the Hulk!". The text was accompanied by an affectionate image in which Aleix holds Pol's hand, intubated and lying on a hospital stretcher.
In Portimão, the Aprilia rider, ninth in Sunday's race, was touched after the accident Pol had in a hill change. "The poor guy is not having a very good time. I have seen him very excited throughout the winter with the change and he did not deserve it."
"But hey, it's the races, it's our life, we have to live with it. I hope he recovers soon. He's already in Barcelona, so he's back in no time," he added. After the race, he also spoke about the falls that occurred, including the one carried out by Marc Márquez that left him out of action, him and the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, against whom the Repsol Honda rider collided and broke his right hand, that will prevent him from being in the Argentine Grand Prix.
"This really is something that gives me the feeling that we don't learn, since after yesterday's falls, today people have started the same. Binder crashed me and Joan Mir's first lap is crazy. I don't know if you can see my on board camera... he looked like he was bowling when he had to lose five seconds with his penalty. What does it matter to you? Why kill three more if you have to lose five seconds? Then the accident of Marc, I think it is very serious. Miguel Oliveira's knee could have exploded and he would never run again in his entire life. It has been a brutal impact".