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Espargaro cleared for USGP

Pramac Ducati man given green light by doctors following German GP pile-up

PRAMAC DUCATI man Aleix Espargaro will race in this weekend's Red Bull USGP after doctors gave the Spaniard the all-clear following a medical check up for damage to the rider's vertebrae.

It was feared Espargaro had fractured bones in his spine when he became the victim of a multi-bike pile-up at last weekend's German MotoGP at the Sachsenring. However, after undergoing further X-rays Espargaro was given the all-clear to compete in this weekend's action.

“Luckily I have not broken anything in the fall. I had a little fear when I was in Chemnitz hospital because the doctors had no common opinion on the diagnosis," said Espargaro.

"After the x-ray , some say that my C7 vertebra was broken and that I had to rest for two weeks. Others argued that what they saw was an old fracture and that I would still have no problem to ride my bike next weekend. Fortunately, the final diagnosis was that I haven't got fractures during the fall."

Despite his injuries, Espargaro is relishing the thought of racing at Laguna Seca, especially the most famous part of the US track: the Corkscrew.

“I have always heard about Laguna Seca's and the Corkscrew myth, I cannot wait to face it and see if the change of direction and the subsequent fast downhill take your breath away as they say. I studied the track with my engineers, it will be very important to start to be fast since Friday and continue to progress in the following days.”

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