MotoGP

KTM’s Espargaro ruled out of Aragon MotoGP race with wrist injury

KTM MotoGP rider Pol Espargaro will not take part in this weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix after fracturing his left wrist in a practice crash.

Espargaro suffered a crash at Turn 9 during Saturday afternoon’s fourth practice session, and skipped the subsequent qualifying session after being taken to the medical centre.

Later it was confirmed the Spaniard had broken his left radius in the impact and will need to travel to Barcelona for further treatment.

It means KTM is reduced to one works rider for the Aragon GP, with recently-promoted test rider Mika Kallio flying the flag for the squad alone.

Kallio is making his first race outing of 2019 in place of Johann Zarco, who was stood down from his race seat with the Austrian manufacturer six races early.

The Finn was ninth-fastest in Q1 and therefore line up 19th on the grid on Sunday.

This will come as a serious blow to KTM, with Espargaro registering its best qualifying result of second last time out at Misano and ending the race in a strong seventh position.

Espargaro currently sits 11th in the standings on 77 points, and had eased into the second part of qualifying at Aragon during Friday’s practice sessions before his crash.

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