Famend off-road bike racer CS Santosh continues to be “below remark” however has been cleared to fly back to India, his crew Hero MotoSports mentioned on Tuesday, days after he suffered a crash on the ongoing Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the two-wheeler manufacturing large in one of many world’s largest rallies, suffered the crash final Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah.
“Santosh is steady and continues to be below remark. Primarily based on scans and assessments, he has been cleared to be flown back to India, the place he might be attended by the native docs,” Hero MotoSports Staff Rally mentioned in an announcement.
“He might be transferred in a sleeping state to keep away from any pointless stress through the switch. It is a very constructive growth as he’ll now be together with his household and in acquainted circumstances, which at all times helps in a quicker restoration. He’s scheduled to fly within the subsequent few days and we are going to preserve everybody up to date with developments.”
The accident occurred on the identical stage the place Hero MotoSport rider Paulo Goncalves died whereas competing within the Dakar 2020. Hero MotoSport withdrew from the rally after the loss of life of Goncalves.
Santosh crashed round 135km into the stage on a gravel observe and had to forfeit the stage. This was Santosh’s seventh try on the Dakar Rally, thought of the world’s most gruelling off-road motorsport occasion.
He was the primary Indian to full the race in 2015, and replicated the trouble in two additional editions.
In the meantime, in a stage that was touted to be the hardest of the 2021 Dakar, and was made even more durable by the burden of the current previous, the Indian crew paid an emotional tribute to their late teammate Goncalves by delivering a spirited efficiency in stage 9 on Tuesday.
It was an emotionally charged day for the crew because it marked the primary loss of life anniversary of Goncalves.
Joaquim Rodrigues completed the stage within the thirteenth place. Sebastian Buhler began the stage nicely however then misplaced his method and consequently conceded a while. Nevertheless, he rose to the duty and completed the stage on the twenty fourth place.
After 9 phases of the Dakar Rally that demanded a totally completely different stage of psychological and emotional toughness, Rodrigues entered the Prime 15 within the general rankings to discover himself on twelfth place and Buhler additionally moved up a couple of locations to stand on the sixteenth place.