RNF Aprilia MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira sustained what could well be a season-ending injury in the multi-bike crash at the start of the Qatar sprint, with Aleix Espargaro also hurt
Aprilia MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira suffered a potentially season-ending injury in a multi-bike crash during the Qatar sprint race, with fellow Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro also getting injured. This is the third time Oliveira has been sidelined by multi-bike accidents this season, including one triggered by Marc Marquez and another involving Fabio Quartararo. In this latest incident, Oliveira appeared to be at fault by outbraking himself and colliding with Espargaro on the opening lap. Oliveira has been taken to the hospital in Qatar for further examination after being diagnosed with a fractured right scapula. It is uncertain whether he will be able to participate in the Qatar Grand Prix and the season finale in Valencia. Espargaro also remounted but had to pull into the pits after one lap due to a small fracture in the head of his left fibula. The decision about Espargaro’s fitness for the race will be reviewed on Sunday morning.