Polyccio battles the pain to qualify for fourth row at Assen
Pol Espargaro rode at a high level in qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix, overcoming the pain in his neck caused by his heavy crash yesterday, achieving a creditable eleventh place and a start from the fourth row on the grid for the second time this season. The Tuenti Racing rider had to go visit the Mobile Clinic twice to receive physiotherapy treatment on the neck and back, but he has given his best on the bike and only the arrival of rain has prevented him from being in the top 10. Polyccio has even been first in the opening minutes of the official session but had to stop midway through because of a rain shower when he had new tyres on and was taking advantage of the little traffic on the track. Tomorrow the goal will be a good start, hang on to one of the front groups and fight for points, although he has to overcome the pain and lack of full mobility in neck and back.
11. Pol Espargaro, 1.40.469
“It’s a pity that it started raining just as I was trying to push because we were paying attention to the screens to ensure that there were few riders on the track and most in the pit to change tyres. I was convinced I could improve the first sector, after finding the correct line in the third, those were the two points where I lost time in the morning. I think it could have been a row further up the grid and have it a little better in the early laps of the race. I have very sore body and I can not rotate the neck as it should, but in any case the setting of the bike is excellent and I can go faster than in previous races. Tomorrow it will be hard to last the whole race, so we have to grit our teeth and suffer until the finish line to try again to score points and finish as high up as possible.”
Source: HP Tuenti