Hero MotoSports Team Rally’s ace rider CS Santosh today met with an accident 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.”