2020 MotoGP champion Joan Mir will not take part in the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano following his violent accident at the Red Bull Ring.
Mir was thrown from his Suzuki GSX-RR on the first lap of the Austrian race and was initially diagnosed with a broken right ankle.
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Another CT scan and MRI at Juaneda Miramar Hospital in Palma confirmed “a talocalcaneal ligament injury with a small bone avulsion” as well as a “bony contusion on the head of the talus”, with Mir prescribing complete rest for 15 days.
That means riding at Misano is a complete non-runner, although there may be an opportunity for him to return two weeks later at the next round at Aragon.
“After undergoing several tests, the doctors advised me to take 15 days off and another evaluation after that period,” Mir said.
“Unfortunately, I will miss the Misano race, but I am confident that I can return to Aragon.
“I would like to thank Dainese [race suit manufacturer] and VAG [helmet manufacturer] for protecting me and avoiding a more serious injury after the hard accident I had on Sunday.
“It’s been a tough season, but I’m confident we’ll come back stronger to bring more good times to my team and all of you who support me.”
Mir’s injury puts Suzuki in a tough spot, as the manufacturer hinted in its press release that it will “evaluate the best solution for Misano” with series promoter Dorna.
The two-week gap between the Red Bull Ring and Misano would normally mean Suzuki must appoint a replacement as it has had enough notice to arrange one.
But that would normally just mean calling test driver Sylvain Guintoli, and he is nursing a right hand injury, after being forced to withdraw from the Suzuka 8 Hours earlier this month.
He may therefore want Dorna’s dispensation to field only one bike at Misano.
Suzuki has another MotoGP test rider in 38-year-old Japanese Takuya Tsuda, who made his only premier class start in 2017.
The manufacturer is leaving MotoGP at the end of the year, after announcing its intention to exit in May and agreeing with Dorna on the terms of its withdrawal in July.
He is fifth in the constructors’ standings this year, with lead driver Alex Rins eighth and Mir four places lower, having suffered six retirements in the last nine races.
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