Jorge Martin is being taken to hospital for further checks following a violent crash during FP3 for the MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix and has been ruled out of action.
Martin came off his Ducati at the Turn 7 right-hander while he was on an out-lap in the closing stages of this morning’s practice.
Though it’s still unclear how the crash happened, Martin was heavily knocked around when he hit the gravel trap and required medical assistance.
The session was red-flagged while medics attended to Martin, who was declared conscious but had to be stretchered off track into an ambulance to be taken to the medical centre.
Martin has been declared unfit for the rest of the weekend after suffering contusions to his head, hand and ankle.
A brief update from MotoGP read: “Rider #89 Jorge Martin has been declared unfit with a head contusions, right hand and ankle contusion. He will be transferred to hospital for further medical checks.”
Ahead of MotoGP’s announcement, Pramac rider coach Fonsi Nieto told Spanish television: “After the scare, they told us that things are fine. His hand and his leg hurt a lot, but he is conscious. We are not thinking about tomorrow, only that he recovers physically.”
MotoGP’s Doctor Angle Charte admits he is concerned about a possible fracture in Martin’s hand and says the Spaniard may have lost consciousness briefly in the accident.
“Severe, high-energy trauma with several twists and turns,” Charte said to DAZN.
“Initially he was conscious on the floor, but when the doctors arrived it appeared that he had momentarily lost consciousness.
“The neurological examination was normal, always conscious and oriented, and [he’s] in a lot of pain.
“The initial diagnosis is a cranioencephalic traumatism and several polytraumatisms with the possibility of several fractures, probably in the hand and foot (right).
“We have decided to evacuate him to the hospital in Faro, where he will undergo a complete CAT scan.
“The prognosis is not serious, but guarded.
“There is a fracture (hand) that I don’t like very much but I want to have a scan, which will tell us if he has to undergo surgery. He also has a lot of pain in his knee.”