Alex Rins to race in Germany despite wrist fracture

Alex Rins to race in Germany despite wrist fracture

MotoGP doctors will tell Alex Rins if he will be able to compete in this weekend’s German Grand Prix on Thursday.

Alex Rins will attempt to compete in this weekend’s German MotoGP round despite breaking his left wrist when he was taken out by Takaaki Nakagami at Catalunya.

Rins’ Suzuki was destroyed at the Catalan Grand Prix’s first corner when Nakagami lost control of his Honda’s front end, and he sat out the following day’s post-race test.

When he got tangled up in Takaaki Nakagami’s accident at Turn 1 in Barcelona, the Suzuki rider was diagnosed with a fracture to the pyramidal (triquetral) bone in his left wrist, as well as ankle damage. The wrist was immobilised instead of being operated on, and a programme of electromagnetic therapy and anti-inflammatory medicine was started.

Rins was cleared to fly to Germany after a medical examination by Doctor Xavier Mir in Barcelona on Wednesday, but the fracture is still ‘not cured,’ and Rins will need to pass (an increasingly stringent) MotoGP medical test before being allowed on track.

However, his anxieties were allayed following his latest check-up with MotoGP doctor Xavier Mir on Wednesday morning in Barcelona.

“Alex Rins came to visit me on Wednesday morning before travelling to Germany to evaluate the shape of his wrist, we carried out some tests and it seems that the fracture is doing fine, but it’s not healed yet, It hasn’t moved and is settling down,” explained Dr Mir.

“Alex wants to try to ride, but maybe he will need some painkillers and physiotherapy during these days.”

Rins added: “During this last week I have been working very hard to try to rehabilitate my wrist as much as possible.”

“Following advice from the medical experts I have been sticking to a programme of recovery, and I’ve been trying to gain mobility and reduce the pain.”

“I hope to arrive in good condition in Germany, and on Thursday I will have the final medical examinations with the MotoGP doctors at the circuit so they can tell me if I am fit to ride or not and if I am then I’ll go for it!”

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia was also taken out in the violent event, but returned the next day to test for the Ducati Lenovo Team.

Nakagami, who was not penalised for the incident but apologised to Bagnaia and Rins, is also scheduled to ride for the Idemitsu Honda LCR team this weekend.

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