Famend off-road motorbike racer CS Santosh continues to be “below remark” however has been cleared to fly again to India, his workforce Hero MotoSports stated 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 greatest rallies, suffered the crash final Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah. “Santosh is steady and continues to be below remark. Based mostly on scans and assessments, he has been cleared to be flown again to India, the place he can be attended by the native docs,” Hero MotoSports Workforce Rally stated in an announcement.
“He can be transferred in a sleeping state to keep away from any pointless stress in the course of the switch.
“This can be a very optimistic improvement as he’ll now be along 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 135 km into the stage on a gravel observe and needed 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 finish 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 load of the latest previous, the Indian workforce 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 workforce 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 effectively however then misplaced his manner and because of this 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 totally different degree of psychological and emotional toughness, Rodrigues entered the High 15 within the total rankings to seek out himself on twelfth place and Buhler additionally moved up a number of locations to face on the sixteenth place.
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