MotoGP: Rins’ fitness in doubt for Argentina after motocross crash

Published: 31 March 2017

Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins could be in doubt for the second round of the 2017 MotoGP season at the Argentinian Grand Prix next weekend after falling from his motocross bike during training yesterday (Thursday) and sustaining ankle injuries.

Falling near his home in Andorra, the 22-year-old, who finished top rookie in the first Grand Prix of the season last weekend in Qatar, was initially thought to have done only minor damage, but a further x-ray at University Hospital Dexeus in Barcelona revealed a small fracture in his right talus, the biggest bone in the ankle.

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Examined by Doctor Xavier Mir, head of the MotoGP Traumatology Service, and Eugenio Gimeno, Head of the foot unit at the Hospital Quiron-Dexeus, Rins will now undergo a routine of non-surgical treatment with magnetotherapy and physiotherapy ahead of a further medical at Dexeus ahead of flying to Argentina next Monday.

The crash is the second time in only six months that Rins has been left out of action thanks to a tranining crash, after falling off a 100cc training bike in August and breaking his left collarbone, an injury that saw him needing surgery ahead of the British Grand Prix.

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