Pol Espargaro
Mar 9

MotoGP: Pol Espargaro Breaks Collarbone In Testing Crash

Pol Espargaro will fly back to Barcelona to undergo surgery on his left collarbone. (Photo: Getty Images)

will undergo surgery in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s rookie Pol Espargaro crashed with just two laps to go in a race simulation, breaking his left collarbone just two weeks before his first premier class Grand Prix.

After an otherwise solid preseason – he was second quickest on Sunday and just 0.033s off his brother Aleix’s best time of the test – the Moto2 World Champion now flies home to Barcelona and will go straight to the operating room for surgery in Spain.

PHOTO GALLERY — MOTOGP TESTING IN QATAR

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Mar 9

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro On Top As Preseason Testing Concludes

Aleix Espargaro leaves pit road during MotoGP testing at Qatar. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

leaves pit road during testing at . (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The final premier class test of the 2014 MotoGP preseason concluded on Sunday night at the floodlit desert circuit of Qatar, with Aleix Espargaro the fastest rider in attendance – just ahead of his younger brother Pol who suffered a collarbone break in a late evening crash.

Over the last few months, during the preparations for the new MotoGP World Championship campaign, the elder Espargaro sibling has been the standout performer of the testing period – showing the potential of his ‘Open’ entry Yamaha for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team.

PHOTO GALLERY — MOTOGP TESTING IN QATAR

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Mar 8

MotoGP: Bautista Moves Ahead On Day Two Of Qatar Testing

Alvaro Bautista is seen testing at Losail International Circuit in Qatar. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

is seen testing at Losail International Circuit in . (Photo: Dorna Communications)

GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista led day two of the Qatar test, his best time of 1:55.194 putting him 0.314s ahead of his closest rival.

The Spanish rider, who was also on the pace last week in Sepang testing, worked with his team to overcome the front end problems he experienced at the desert circuit in 2013. He completed 55 laps on his Honda RC213V on Saturday and will aim to stay ahead of the pack on Sunday.

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Mar 7

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Quickest As Qatar Test Gets Underway

Aleix Espargaro continues to show his quick pace during preseason testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

continues to show his quick pace during preseason testing. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The first day of testing at saw Aleix Espargaro leading the way with an 1:55.386 best time towards the end of the evening at the desert circuit.

Just under two weeks before the season opening Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar commences this test sees 17 premier class riders making their final preparations for the forthcoming campaign, in the absence of the Ducati Team, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and Repsol Honda outfits.

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Mar 6

MotoGP Teams Prepare For Final Pre-Season Test In Qatar

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Valentino Rossi of Italy competes on the last day of the Qatar Grand Prix on April 7, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing rider of Italy competes on the last day of the Grand Prix on April 7, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Between March 7th-9th, the majority of teams will descend on Qatar’s Losail International Circuit – also the host venue for the season-opening Grand Prix – for the last test before the 2014 season commences later this month.

The test, to be staged across three days, will come as a final opportunity for teams to try out new components and race simulation runs before the opening practice session of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday March 20th.

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