Well-known off-road motorcycle racer CS Santosh continues to be “under observation” but has been cleared to fly back to India, his team Hero MotoSports said on Tuesday, days after he suffered a crash at the ongoing Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the two-wheeler manufacturing giant in one of the world’s biggest rallies, suffered the crash last Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah.
“Santosh is stable and continues to be under observation. Based on scans and assessments, he has been cleared to be flown back to India, where he will be attended by the local doctors,” Hero MotoSports Team Rally said in a statement.
“He will be transferred in a sleeping state to avoid any unnecessary stress during the transfer.
“This is a very positive development as he will now be with his family and in familiar conditions, which always helps in a faster recovery. He is scheduled to fly in the next few days and we will keep everyone updated with developments.”
The accident occurred on the same stage where Hero MotoSport rider Paulo Goncalves died while competing in the Dakar 2020. Hero MotoSport withdrew from the rally after the death of Goncalves.
Santosh crashed around 135km into the stage on a gravel track and had to forfeit the stage.