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Suzuki’s Alex Rins Will Miss Catalunya MotoGP Event This Weekend Due to Bicycle Accident

Just when you thought Alex Rins’ luck couldn’t get any worse (he has crashed out of four straight MotoGP races), he injures his arm in a bicycle accident.

Training for this weekend’s Catalunya MotoGP race, Rins crashed his bicycle and fractured the radius bone in his right arm. Rins will have surgery tomorrow, including the use of screws to stabilize the fracture. Nevertheless, Rins will miss the race this weekend.

Here is a press release from the Suzuki team:

Team Suzuki Press Office – June 3.

Alex Rins has been ruled out of his home GP after a cycling accident. The Team Suzuki Ecstar rider will unfortunately have to sit out the Grand Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya due to an unfortunate accident he suffered while training this morning with his bicycle on track.

The Spaniard fell during a training lap and as a result he suffered damage to his right arm, with a large contused area and a lot of pain. He was quickly taken to Barcelona’s Universitari Dexeus Hospital for further examination and medical checks revealed a fracture in the radius bone. The fracture was immobilised and tomorrow morning Rins will undergo surgery to fix it.

Furthermore, he also had a cranial impact during the crash so he was checked with a CT Scan upon his arrival in hospital – the test revealed nothing of concern.

Doctor Xavier Mir, Director of the Hand Surgery and Microsurgery Unit in the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedic Surgery at the Universitari Dexeus Hospital reported: “Alex Rins has suffered an articular fracture of the right distal radius with a small displacement and high inflammation. We have two options; one is to immobilise the fracture with plaster, but the recovery would take around 4-6 weeks. Or, as an alternative, we propose an operation, which we consider is the best option. Tomorrow morning we will intervene and affix two screws to the injured bone”.

Rins will stay overnight in the hospital and tomorrow he will undergo surgery. It is difficult to make a prediction right now about the length of his recovery.

Alex Rins:

“It’s a shame what happened today. I really wanted to race here in Montmeló and to have a solid performance to get back on track after some tough races. Tomorrow I will undergo surgery and then we’ll talk about timings for the recovery. In any case we will work really hard to get the feeling back as soon as possible and try to return quickly. I don’t know yet if I’ll be ready for the German GP but I will work hard to be fit by then. Thank you for the messages of support.”

Shinichi Sahara – Project Leader and Team Director:

“I was surprised and really disappointed to hear this news. Alex himself has been training very hard, and we as a team have been working and investigating how best to overcome the recent situation which has seen Alex have several crashes in the last races. This injury is very bad timing because we were feeling ready to fight again in good shape here in Catalunya.

“We hope Joan Mir can have a great result this weekend, but of course we will miss Alex – we all wish him a good surgery, quick recovery, and to come back even stronger as soon as possible.”

It has been decided that Alex Rins will not be replaced for this GP. However, Sylvain Guintoli will be riding as planned during the test on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

All Team Suzuki Ecstar staff would like to wish Alex a quick recovery.

Further information will be released tomorrow after the operation.

9 Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    That guy really has trouble keeping two wheels rubber side down.

  2. mickey says:

    Just read that Rins was riding slowly, texting on his phone without looking up and ran into one of Dorna’s vans putting up signs on the track.

  3. Bart says:

    Nicky was on a bicycle. RIP.

  4. mickey says:

    Crazy that a guy can fall of a racing motorcycle at 75 mph plus multiple times and not get hurt, but break bones or die falling off a pedal bicycle at 20 mph.

    Hope he has a quick and full recovery and gets back on his racing GSXRR asap.

  5. joe b says:

    Its sad, but so many times in the past, so many have had serious injury from bicycle accidents while training. I always give much room, and slow, to bicyclists, when i pass them on my motorcycle or auto.

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