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Mir to miss Misano MotoGP with ankle injury after Austrian GP crash

The 2020 MotoGP world champion was thrown from his GSX-RR bike on the opening lap because the field descended into Turn 4, the Spaniard running slightly ride prior to the rear wheel came around and spat him in to the air before landing hard in the gravel trap.

X-rays performed at the track revealed a little fracture in the talus bone of his right ankle, before further tests in Mallorca conducted by Dr. Juan Garcias uncovered ligament and bone damage.

Mir has been ordered to rest for 14 days, ruling him from the Misano race and leaving his participation in the Grand Prix of Aragon in doubt.

A Suzuki team statement said he’d “undergo another round of scans to measure the injuries following his 15 day rest period, to be able to determine the treatment and, if eligible, to use riding at Motorland”.

An upgraded has yet to be announced, with Suzuki stating it “will measure the best answer for Misano” as well as promoter Dorna Sports in the coming days.

Mir lies 12th in the standings in Suzuki’s final season before its withdrawal from MotoGP and contains yet to join up a podium this season.

Stating he is “confident I could return in Aragon”, Mir said: “I wish to thank Dainese and AGV for protecting me and avoiding a far more serious injury following the hard crash I had on Sunday.

“It has been a hardcore season, but I’m convinced that we’ll keep coming back stronger to create more good moments to my team also to everyone who support me.”

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Suzuki team manager Livio Suppo said: “Im very sorry for Joan. Problems continue steadily to arise in this difficult season.

“Regardless, we have to remain upbeat. The crash really was big and in the long run the injury is really a serious one, nonetheless it might have been worse, so let’s maintain positivity and observe how he’ll recover within the next 15 days to hopefully be equipped for Aragon.”

Mir is likely to join the factory Honda squad next year alongside Marc Marquez, stating prior to the Austrian GP weekend that “we have been really close” to finalising a deal.

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