India’s Santosh flown to hospital after Dakar crash

Riyadh, January 7

Indian motorcycle rider CS Santosh was flown to hospital in Riyadh after a big crash during Wednesday’s fourth stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. The Hero team said the 37-year-old appeared to be stable. Media reports said he had been placed in an induced coma.

“We are pleased to share that he has no major physical injuries except for the dislocated right shoulder and head trauma. The latest scans have also shown no major issue that

could impact his full recovery,” Hero MotoSports said in a statement.

“The medical team attending to him have decided that the best approach to manage the injury is to reduce the body functions to a minimum and keep him in a sedated condition or an artificial coma. He is receiving the best possible medical care and will continue to be under constant observation for the next few days,” it added.


Husqvarna’s Dutch rider Paul Spierings told the website that he and Italian Maurizio Gerini had managed to resuscitate Santosh before the emergency helicopter arrived.

“When the helicopter arrived after 15 minutes, I luckily felt a pulse again. That was a huge relief,” Spierings said. “I was able to act well because I knew what to do, but I had never resuscitated anyone in real life.”

Santosh has completed three Dakars but had to withdraw last year after the death of his Portuguese teammate Paulo Goncalves. Dutchman Edwin Straver also died as a result of injuries on the 2020 Dakar. — Agencies

Peterhansel extends Dakar advantage

Stephane Peterhansel extended his Dakar Rally lead today in a fifth stage won by South African Giniel De Villiers. The Frenchman was third on the 456km stage from Riyadh to Al Qaisumah with closest rival Nasser Al-Attiyah fourth in a Toyota. Peterhansel now leads by six minutes and 11 seconds.

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