Famend Indian motorbike racer CS Santosh suffered a crash through the ongoing Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia and was put in a medically-induced coma after being airlifted to a hospital in Riyadh.
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the Hero MotoSports in one of many world’s largest rallies, crashed on Wednesday and is being stored beneath a 24-hour commentary.
“In an unlucky incident, @cs_santosh22 suffered a crash in Stage four of #Dakar2021 in the present day. He has been taken to a hospital in Riyadh. Within the preliminary evaluation, he appears steady. Be part of us in wishing him a speedy restoration,” Hero MotoSports stated in a tweet.
He has a suspected head harm. In accordance with studies, he was aware when paramedics arrived on the scene earlier than he was rushed to Riyadh.
The incident occurred on the identical stage the place final 12 months, Hero MotoSport rider Paulo Goncalves died whereas competing within the Dakar 2020. Hero MotoSport withdrew from the rally after the demise of Goncalves.
Santosh crashed round 135km 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.
Santosh had a near-fatal accident through the 2013 Abu Dhabi desert problem, struggling burns to his neck after his Suzuki MX450X caught hearth.
The January 2-16 rally divided into 12 phases has rivals traversing 7646km. Stage four is, by the way, the longest stage of the rally, spanning a complete of 813km.