Spanish driver Joan Mir flies off in horror crash on first lap of Austrian GP
Spanish MotoGP rider Joan Mir says he was “lucky” after a huge crash in Austria left him hospitalized – but in good spirits.
The 2020 world champion flew into one of the opening corners of the first lap of the race, recording his sixth DNF in the last nine races.
“Joan Mir’s awful 2022 is going from bad to worse,” said commentator Matt Birt.
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Mir’s Suzuki Ecstar team provided an update on his condition later, saying the 24-year-old had confirmed fractures and bone fragments in his right ankle.
“I got off to a good start – I was able to make up places and get into the lead group,” the Spaniard said afterwards.
“I had a really big crash at turn four. I lost the rear and it was a high side. It could have been a lot worse so I feel lucky,” the Spaniard said afterwards. .
“The first checks show bone fragments and fractures in the ankle. Tomorrow I will go for more checks and an MRI.
“After that, I should know more about my recovery time and I can plan my return.”
Australian Jack Miller finished the race in third place, behind Italy’s Francesco Bagnaia and France’s Fabio Quartararo, who finished second, and looks set to defend his 2021 crown.
The podium was Quartararo’s seventh in 13 races this season, as he leads the standings ahead of Spaniard Aleix Espargaro. Miller currently sits in fifth place.
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