Pol Espargaro close to return to MotoGP – but not at Mugello | MotoGP

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However, he still plans to make his delayed GASGAS racing debut before the July summer break.

The 31-year-old suffered multiple injuries in a training accident during the Portimao season opener, including to his jaw and, most importantly, his back.

Espargaro’s original goal was to join the Tech3 team for round six this weekend, but he “still has a little problem with edema around his vertebrae” which requires treatment.

But the team and driver are now hoping Espargaro will be fit for the following rounds at Sachsenring and/or Assen, which form a triple header of back-to-back races with Mugello.

“I was really looking forward to getting back on my bike but, as I said from the start, the final decision would be made for me by the doctors and they asked me to wait a few more days,” said Espargaro.

“My original plan was to come back for one of those next three races before the summer break and that continues to be the idea.

“The most important thing is to be physically ready, and this call means that I still have a few days to continue working from home and arrive in the best possible shape and as soon as possible.

“I feel really good and I’m really motivated. I hope to see the team and everyone in the sport, and of course the fans, as soon as I can.”

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Espargaro’s rookie teammate Augusto Fernandez, who last finished fourth at Le Mans, will again be joined by KTM test rider Jonas Folger for Mugello.

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