Tendon injury, Oliveira absent in MotoGP Argentina

The RNF Aprilia racer was battling for a podium on lap three of the Portuguese Grand Prix when he fell after being hit by Marquez at Turn 3.

Both immediately fell on the spot, while Jorge Martin, who had been touched earlier, was forced off the track and dropped his position. The Pramac racer said he broke his toe in the collision.

Preliminary scans at the circuit medical center showed no serious injuries to Oliveira following the crash. Even so, the Portuguese racer was advised to carry out further tests at the hospital.

Sure enough, doctors from the hospital in Lisbon found an injury that prevented him from appearing in the second round of MotoGP 2023.

“Oliveira remains committed to his goal of being competitive in the world championships and will focus on his recovery to return to the Aprilia RS-GP saddle for round three of the season in Austin, two weeks later,” said the Malaysian team’s announcement.

RNF also confirmed that he would not replace Marquez in Argentina.

Through his Instagram account, Oliveira informed his condition. “An MRI scheduled for today in Lisbon, confirmed our suspicions yesterday after a medical evaluation on the circuit. There was an injury to the external rotator tendon of the right leg, which prevented me from walking and also riding a motorbike and leaning back when turning,” he said.

“This injury does not require surgery and only rest is needed to help recovery. For this reason, I will not be attending Argentina. I want to send love to all fans, friends and sponsors. Thanks for the great support.”

Miguel Oliveira, RNF MotoGP Racing, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team crash

Miguel Oliveira, RNF MotoGP Racing, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team crash

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

On Monday morning, Honda announced that Marquez would also miss the Argentina GP after sustaining a fracture in his right hand in the incident.

He was given a double long lap penalty for the Termas Rio Hondo race. Because the Repsol Honda racer was absent, the possibility of an automatic sanction was dropped.

Apart from them, there are two other racers who were forced to be absent in South America. Enea Bastianini of Ducati broke her shoulder in a crash in the Sprint Race.

After his bad crash during the final stages of Practice 2 in Portugal, Tech3’s Pol Espargaro has been sidelined indefinitely after sustaining jaw and back fractures and a bruised lung.

Honda and Tech3 have confirmed they will not be replacing any of their injured riders, while it is unclear what Ducati’s plans are. If Bastianini is not replaced, only 18 riders will compete in Argentina.

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