Spain’s Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), who was second in the MotoGP World Championship ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, retired from the fourth pre-qualifying session on a stretcher on Saturday after suffering a heavy fall.
Espargaro was thrown from his bike during a fast corner entry. Initially evacuated on a stretcher, the 33-year-old driver got up, visibly dazed, and then attended Silverstone Medical Center in support of two people. A little earlier, the Catalan showed the best time of the 3rd training session. Because of this important “highside” at high speed, he underwent medical tests to see if he would be able to take part in qualifying (from 13:10 Moscow time). Before this 12th round of 20, Espargaro is in 2nd place, 21 points behind French leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha).