Mir to miss MotoGP Austria after testing crash

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Ecstar Suzuki’s Joan Mir will miss this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP round at the Red Bull Ring following a testing crash at Brno on Monday.

The young Spaniard required trackside assistance before being transported to the circuit’s Medical Centre - there he was diagnosed with no major injuries, except for a pulmonary contusion that required him to transported by helicopter to the Brno Hospital. Mir underwent further checks by the doctors, who confirmed the initial diagnosis.

Despite the fact that he didn’t suffer major injuries, his lungs are still inflamed, and they will require proper rest to recover.

On his return to Spain he will head to the Clinica Dexeus in Barcelona where he will undergo further checks, before returning home to Andorra and attempting to be fully fit for Silverstone.

“It’s such a shame to miss this race following the incident in the Brno Test. It was a big crash and I was transferred to the hospital for further checks because I rolled through the gravel many times and took a lot of hits,” said Mir.

At the beginning I struggled to breathe because of the pulmonary contusion, but step by step I improved and now I’m feeling better. The next thing is to go to the Hospital Dexeus where I will undergo some more medical checks so I can be assured that everything is alright, then I will head home to recover and restart my training.

“It’s a big pity because I was feeling really good with the bike and we were completing a fantastic test. Now I have to think day by day, try to recover, and aim to be 100% for Silverstone.

“I want to keep up my momentum with the bike and continue growing in the top class. I must thank all the people who looked after me; from the Clinica Mobile, to the circuit medical staff, Brno hospital, and all the team members. Thanks also to all the fans who have sent lots of positive and supportive messages.”