MotoGP: Pol Espargaró had a chilling accident in Portugal

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Australian Jack Miller (KTM) set the fastest time today in the second free practice session of the Portuguese Moto GP motorcycling Grand Prix, where the Spanish Pol Espargaro (KTM) He suffered a spectacular accident which forced his hospitalization.

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The first day of activity of the first round of the 2023 World Championship in the specialty on the Algarve circuit gave the best time to Miller, who surprised by nailing 1m. 37s. 709/1000.

In second position appeared the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), who was at 037/1000; while the reigning world champion, the Italian Francesco ‘Peco’ Bagnaia (Ducati), is third with 147/1000.

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Further back the Italian Luca Marini (Ducati) at 190 thousandths; the Spaniard Jorge Martín (Ducati) at 282/1000 and the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), at 306/1000

Seventh was the Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati), with 403/1000; while the six times world champion, the Spaniard Marc Márquez (Honda), was not fast enough and had to settle for fourteenth place, with a record of 1m. 38s. 419/1000.

The note of the day was given by the serious accident suffered by Pol Espargaró while going around turn 10 of the 4.590 meters long circuit.

Pol Espargaró on his KTM, in Portugal.  (EFE)

Pol Espargaró on his KTM, in Portugal. (EFE)

The native of Granollers lost roll control and the maneuver led to a fall resulting in pulmonary contusion and severe hip trauma, without loss of consciousness. The pilot was referred to Faro hospital for better care.

Tomorrow will be the turn of qualifying practice and the Sprint race (new in Formula 1 style), starting at 12:00 Argentine time.

The competition will start on Sunday at 15:00 local time (10:00 in Argentina), with 25 laps, for a total of 114.8 kilometres.

In Moto 2 the best time was set by the Spaniard Pedro Acosta (Kalex), with 1m. 42 years old. 391/1000.

While in Moto 3, the Hispanic Daniel Holgado (KTM) also achieved the fastest record, with 1m. 47s. 320/1000.

Source: Clarin

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