CS Santosh cleared to fly again to India after Dakar crash


CS Santosh

Famend off-road bike 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 big in one of many world’s largest rallies, suffered the crash final Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah.

“Santosh is secure and continues to be below remark. Primarily based on scans and assessments, he has been cleared to be flown again to India, the place he might be attended by the native medical doctors,” Hero MotoSports Group Rally stated in an announcement.

“He might be transferred in a sleeping state to keep away from any pointless stress in the course of the switch. It is a very constructive growth as he’ll now be together with his household and in acquainted situations, which all the time helps in a sooner restoration. He’s scheduled to fly within the subsequent few days and we’ll maintain 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 monitor and needed to forfeit the stage. This was Santosh’s seventh try on the Dakar Rally, thought-about the world’s most gruelling off-road motorsport occasion.

He was the primary Indian to finish the race in 2015, and replicated the hassle 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 13th place. Sebastian Buhler began the stage properly however then misplaced his manner and consequently conceded a while. Nevertheless, he rose to the duty and completed the stage on the 24th place.

After 9 phases of the Dakar Rally that demanded a very totally different degree of psychological and emotional toughness, Rodrigues entered the High 15 within the total rankings to search out himself on 12th place and Buhler additionally moved up a couple of locations to face on the 16th place. 

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