Hero MotoSports Team Rally’s ace rider CS Santosh met with an accident on March 21, 2018 at
Desert Storm 2018 and injured himself. Following
his injury, as a precautionary measure, the Hero MotoSports Team Rally has
decided to pull out of the rally. The Team’s decision has been taken keeping
rider safety as the top priority. Santosh was the Team’s sole rider
participating in the rally.
Santosh, who was leading at the end of the first 2
stages, met with a crash during the third stage of the rally, which left him
with a neck injury.
The initial assessments from the on-ground team of
doctors show no signs of a major injury. However, Santosh will need to undergo
a detailed evaluation. He will be moved to Bengaluru very soon, where further
scans and treatment will be performed.
During the stage 3 today, Santosh was building up a good
overall lead of 10 minutes over his closest competitor, prior to his crash that
left him hurt. He still managed to bring the bike to the stage finish fighting
through the pain and discomfort.
C S Santosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “I was
doing really well today prior to the crash. There was a lot of dust around and
the visibility was not good. I could not spot a sand bank that suddenly
appeared and I crashed quite hard. There is a sharp pain in my neck and
movement is very restricted. We have decided to not risk it further so we are
pulling out of the rally now. I am sorry
and disappointed that I could not make it to the finish line for my team and
the fans. But I promise that I will come back stronger, very soon.”
Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team
Rally: “As we all know, rally sport is very unpredictable. One moment can
change the fortunes of the team. Today was one such moment for us. Santosh was
leading the rally so far with a healthy time gap over the closest opponent, but
today’s unfortunate crash has forced us to pull out from the rally. Rider
safety is a top priority for us and our decision to withdraw from the rally is
in line with that. For now we are working to get Santosh back to home where he
will undergo some tests and then follow the course of treatment. We are really
sorry that we could not finish the rally for all our fans and supporters but we
will comeback with full force soon. We wish CS a speedy recovery.”
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