Alex Rins has suffered a setback which could see him not participate in the second race of the season in Argentina. The factory Suzuki rider crashed while riding his Suzuki motocross bike, and suffered a partial fracture his talus, the bone which sits at the top of the ankle and transfers the weight between leg bones and the foot.
Rins was examined at the Dexeus Institut by Dr Xavier Mir, who diagnosed him with a partial fracture. Rins is due to have another scan on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, and how it is recovering, but the injury does put his participation in the Argentinian GP at Termas de Rio Hondo in doubt.
Recovery times for full fractures of the talus bone are long: up to 12 weeks for normal humans, which in racer terms generally equates to half that. If the injury is not too severe, he may be able to make a tentative start in Argentina, and will almost certainly be fit for Austin.
The press release issued by the Suzuki ECSTAR team is below, followed by the tweet sent out by the team. That helpfully includes a diagram of exactly which bone the Talus is.
ALEX RINS SUFFERS MINOR INJURY WHILE TRAINING
Team Suzuki Press Office – March 31.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR rider Alex Rins had a slight accident while training on Thursday with his Suzuki RM-Z motocross machine. Apparently without major incident, but with some pain in the right ankle, he finally decided to have some tests done at the University Hospital Dexeus in Barcelona (Spain). There he underwent further examination which diagnosed a small fracture in the talus bone of the right ankle.
The doctors who evaluated the Spanish rider, led by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand Unit, a top Orthopedic Surgeon, and Coordinator of the MotoGP Traumatology Service, and Eugenio Gimeno, Head of the foot Unit Hospital Quiron-Dexeus, concluded after a CT scan that Rins had a partial fracture of the right talus, without displacement, but with bone edema.
After consulting with his colleagues in the Department of Traumatology, the medical team has decided to carry out non-surgical treatment with magnetotherapy and physiotherapy, and they will examine the rider next Monday in the same clinic for a check-up before traveling to Argentina.
We will send new updates concerning Alex Rins’ right ankle condition after further tests next Monday.