MotoGP Portimao: Jorge Martin to undergo surgery in Barcelona
Jorge Martin will undergo surgery in Barcelona in the coming days after sustaining multiple injuries in a crash during FP3 at Portimao.
The Pramac Racing rider crashed at turn seven and was violently thrown around once he and his Ducati Desmocedici reached the gravel trap. Martin was unable to get to his feet and was stretchered away from the scene as the red flags were waved.
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Martin was taken to Faro hospital for further medical checks, including a CAT scan, and it was revealed that he had sustained multiple fractures in his right hand and foot. It's now been confirmed that Martin will undergo surgery on both areas; one on the metacarpus in his right hand and another on the medial malleolus of his right foot.
The incident has brought an end to a sensation start to life in the premier class for Martin. At Qatar 2 he clinched a maiden pole position and led the majority of the race before having to settle for third spot. He also went viral at Qatar 1 for his sensational launch off the grid, going from 14th to fourth by turn one.
More updates will be revealed regarding Martin's condition after his operations. At this stage it's difficult to predict when we will see the Ducati rider back on the grid.
MotoGP Portimao: Jorge Martin taken to hospital following his huge FP3 crash
First published: 17 April 2021 by Josh Close
The MotoGP rookie fell at turn seven whilst on an out lap in the closing stages of Saturday morning's session. Martin was violently knocked around as he and the bike reached the gravel trap and the Spaniard required medical attention.
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FP3 was red flagged whilst Martin was treated by medics and stretched away from the scene of the crash and into an ambulance. It was later revealed that Martin had suffered head, right hand and ankle contusions. He's also undergoing further checks at Faro hospital, including a CAT scan.
"Jorge Martìn is conscious, he has been brought to the hospital for further check-ups as there is a high probability of two small fractures," Pramac Racing tweeted. "Once we will have the official medical reports, we will give further updates. Unfortunately, Jorge has been declared unfit for the race."
Meanwhile, MotoGP’s Doctor Angle Charte spoke to Spanish media outlet DAZN about Martin's condition: "The initial diagnosis is a head injury with the possibility of several fractures in the hand and foot. Initially the prognosis is not serious, it is reserved,"
Today's events follow Martin's sensational start to his debut MotoGP season. At Qatar 1 the Spaniard went viral after launching his Desmocedici from 14th to fourth by turn one at the start of the race. The following weekend, at Qatar 2, Martin put his Ducati on pole and then secured his first podium in third spot, after leading the race for 17 laps.
Portimao is proving to be a tough challenge for the premier class riders. Takaaki Nakagami suffered a contusion to his collarbone after a crash at turn one in FP2. Meanwhile, LCR Honda teammate Alex Marquez had a highside in FP3 this morning at turn three.