CS Santosh suffers head injury following a fatal crash in Dakar Rally

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CS Santosh, the popular motorcycle racer from India has sustained a head injury after he was involved in a major crash on Wednesday in Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally which is currently taking place in Saudi Arabia.

CS Santosh was airlifted to a hospital in Riyadh

CS Santosh

The 37-year-old suffered the injury in Stage 4 of the Dakar Rally which is considered as one of the toughest stages. It is being reported that he was conscious when paramedics turned up to the scene

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It is noted that Santosh crashed around 135km into the stage and the accident took place on the gravel track and he had to forfeit the stage.

Reports suggest he was attended to by the on-ground medical team as was later taken to the Saudi German hospital in Riyadh.

The official Twitter handle of Hero MotoSports shared the news as the Tweet read:

“In an unfortunate incident, @cs_santosh22 suffered a crash in Stage 4 of #Dakar2021 today. He has been taken to a hospital in Riyadh. In the initial assessment, he seems stable. Join us in wishing him a speedy recovery.” 

Check out the Tweet below:

The Dakar rally scheduled for January 2-16 is divided into 12 stages and the participants have to cover 7646km. Stage 4 is the longest stage of the rally, having a total of 813km.

HeroSports had pulled out from the rally in the last year after the tragic death of rally veteran team member Paulo Goncalves.

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The 40-year-old Portuguese rider had crashed halfway through the seventh stage and suffered a cardiac arrest following that.

This attempt marked Santosh’s seventh on at the Dakar Rally, which is considered the world’s most daunting off-road motorsport event. He is the first Indian to complete the race whic he did in 2015 and did the same in two further editions.

Santosh had previously also faced a life threatening accident during the 2013 Abu Dhabi desert challenge. He had sustained third-degree burns to his neck after his ride, Suzuki MX450X lighted up in flames.

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