Espargaro to test arm at Mugello

Even though the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider will not be fully fit, he does not want to miss the opportunity of racing on one of his favourite circuits on the MotoGP calendar. 

"I am excited about riding the Yamaha in the Tuscan hills this weekend!," he told reporters. "It will be a long race, especially after the surgery, but some corners such as the Casanova or the Savelli, are great fun to ride on a MotoGP bike.

"My operation was successful last week and I've had a few days to recover so that I can be as ready as possible for this race, which is a physically demanding one."

Espargaro admitted that he struggled to deal with the pain during the last MotoGP event in Le Mans, but added that he will give it his all and try to beat his fifth place finish at Mugello last year. 

"The last GP was tricky due to my injury, but I still managed to finish the race in seventh and picked up some valuable championship points," he said. "Also this weekend I will push as hard as possible on race day, but we will see how my arm feels before I make any serious predictions, yet for sure, I aim to be as high as possible. 

"Last year I finished the race in fifth position and I've scored three podiums in the lower leagues at the track. To do the same this year would be great, so the plan is to qualify well and then finish the race in a strong placement."