Following the brutal crash at Portimao, Pol Espargaro was thinking about retiring from racing. As Espargaro looked back on those difficult moments, he recalled his family who were by his side, supporting him through them. Those moments were painful for Espargaro, but he knew that this sport carries such things with it as a part of its nature.
"Of course, it is evident. I have had a lot of time to think, to reflect on what I do. At times in the ICU I was with my wife. Perhaps those who have the worst [time] are those around you, my wife and my two daughters. They have had a bad time, but above all my wife, seeing her suffer is perhaps what has led me to think about [retiring] the most, if all this is worth it to me.
She already met me riding a motorcycle, which is what makes me happy. I have been lucky to have them by my side, especially this time that without them I would have thought about whether to continue riding a motorcycle because later the recoveries are impossible”.
- he said, as quoted by crash.net
As far as Espargaro is concerned, he would like to return. Having been involved in this sport since he was a young boy, he always dreamt of being able to play on the big stage when he grew up.
He has been able to realize his dream and will not be able to leave it behind. It would be great if he could be able to return sooner rather than later. "Yes, I really want to,” he said. “It's why I get up every day, it's my fuel.
To think that after the trauma I've had, getting back on a motorcycle is difficult to understand, I suppose, for many. For me and for those of us who are dedicated to this, for those of us who like this sport so much, it is what I get up for every day.
I set a date to return and it is my goal. Every day I am doing my best rehabbing to get on the bike that day”.