Pol Espargaro made his return to MotoGP at the 2023 British Grand Prix after suffering multiple back and jaw fractures in a crash at the season-opening Portuguese GP. The Spaniard admitted that he was "mentally destroyed" after his first practice session at Silverstone, and he even needed to take a one-hour nap to clear his head.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, Espargaro said that the mental challenge of returning to racing was even greater than the physical challenge. He said that he had to "relearn everything" about riding a MotoGP bike, and he was struggling to process all of the information that he was receiving. He also said that he was feeling a lot of pressure to perform well, and he was worried about making another mistake.
Despite the challenges, Espargaro was able to finish Friday's practice sessions in 21st place. He said that he was feeling more comfortable on the bike in the afternoon, and he was confident that he would be able to improve his performance on Saturday.
Espargaro's return to MotoGP was a success, and he showed that he has the mental strength to overcome even the most challenging obstacles. His story is an inspiration to anyone who has ever faced a setback, and it shows that it is possible to achieve anything if you never give up.
- Pol Espargaro
- Mental health
- Injury comeback
- Pressure to perform
- Overcoming adversity