Joan Mir hospitalised after Argentina MotoGP sprint crash

Joan Mir hospitalised after Argentina MotoGP sprint crash

Honda rider Joan Mir was transported to the hospital for examinations on a potential ankle injury after crashing out of the Argentina MotoGP sprint race.

A incident on the opening lap of the Argentina sprint appeared to have injured Honda MotoGP rider Joan Mir, who was flown to the hospital by helicopter.

The newly acquired Honda rider has had a horrible weekend thus far at Rio Hondo, finishing last on the timesheets on Friday and failing to move up from that spot in qualifying.

Mir lost control of his Honda near the conclusion of the opening lap after moving up two spots from his starting position of 18th.  He took some time to leave the scene of the crash, and it was announced that he was brought to the hospital in the middle of the race.

The 25-year-old will now receive treatment for what MotoGP termed as a right ankle injury in a Santiago del Estero hospital. Last year, a crash at the Red Bull Ring caused Mir to break the same ankle, greatly affecting his final season with Suzuki.

However, the series’ physician, Angel Charte, later verified to a Spanish broadcaster that Mir seemed to have sustained a “serious concussion.” In Argentina, an airlift is required as it would take over an hour to get to the closest hospital.

A statement from Honda read: “After his fall, Joan Mir will be transferred to hospital in Santiago for further precautionary checks after the large impact.”

“No major injuries were detected in the initial checks at the circuit medical centre.”

And now, taking all of it into account increases the likelihood that Mir will be out for Sunday’s race, which would leave 17 bikes on the MotoGP grid.

Marc Marquez’s unfortunate retirement from the race last week due to a fracture has already left Honda with one less rider in Argentina. At the Portuguese Grand Prix, the eight-time world champion was hurt in a controversial incident with Miguel Oliveira of RNF Aprilia. Marquez’s right thumb was broken as a result.

Marquez was scheduled to serve a double long lap penalty in Argentina after to his crash with Oliveira, but by withdrawing from the race, he was able to avoid this. However, the FIM stewards revised their application earlier this week to guarantee Marquez serves the penalty at the next round he will contest,

Honda filed an appeal in response to this action because it believed it violated the rules. The FIM Court of Appeal in Switzerland will now review Honda’s issue.

Marquez is one of the four riders who will not be competing in Argentina due to injury, joining Oliveira, Enea Bastianini of Ducati, and Pol Espargaro of Tech3 KTM.

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