CS Santosh has suspected head damage after crash in Dakar Rally

Indian motorbike racer CS Santosh has a suspected head damage after he suffered a crash on Wednesday in Stage four of the 2021 Dakar Rally underway in Saudi Arabia. It’s understood that the 37-year-old was aware when paramedics arrived on the scene and was airlifted to a hospital in Riyadh.

“It is established order as of now. We have not had any recent updates from Riyadh. Docs had positioned Santosh beneath a 24-hour commentary which is but to run out. Some scan outcomes are anticipated this night. For now, the group is continuous with the race in Stage 5,” a HeroSports official informed ESPN. Santosh’s teammate Joaquim Rodrigues accomplished Stage four in sixth place general, the primary top-10 end for HeroSports on the Dakar Rally this 12 months.

Santosh crashed round 135km into the stage on a gravel monitor and needed to forfeit the stage. In line with stories, he was attended to the on-ground medical group earlier than being flown to Saudi German hospital in Riyadh.

The January 2-16 rally divided into 12 levels has rivals traversing 7646km. Stage four is, the way, the longest stage of the rally, spanning a complete of 813km.

Final 12 months, HeroSports withdrew from the rally after the dying of rally veteran group member Paulo Goncalves. The Portuguese rider, 40, had crashed midway the seventh stage and suffered a cardiac arrest.

This was Santosh’s seventh try on the Dakar Rally, thought of the world’s most grueling 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 throughout the 2013 Abu Dhabi desert problem. He suffered third-degree burns to his neck after his Suzuki MX450X caught fireplace.

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