Title-chasing Spanish MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro has broken his right ankle in a crash at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, his Aprilia team confirmed on Monday.
Espargaro, second in the world championship behind Fabio Quartarro, contested Sunday’s race despite a heavy fall during final practice the previous day.
“As the injury does not require surgery, Aleix has been scheduled for seven days of complete rest during which he will have to use crutches,” the team revealed after a medical in Barcelona.
The 33-year-old finished ninth in Sunday’s race, won by Ducati’s Italian Francesco Bagnaia, and is second in the championship, 22 points behind French Yamaha rider Quartaroro.
The next race of the season will be in Austria on August 21.
Espargaro won his first MotoGP race in Argentina this season, also giving Aprilia its first success in the elite motorcycle category.