The Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina was not kind to a handful of the elite riders in MX2. HRC's Chihiro Notsuka sustained the most significant injuries of all the riders, as he fractured his back and dislocated his hip. The Japanese star, who has only ever competed in four FIM Motocross World Championship rounds, is out for an undetermined about of time.
A crash in the second moto at Neuquen is what caused the setback, but the Japanese rider is now back in his homeland. Another examination there revealed that the Argentine doctors did a good job of plating his C6 and C7, according to a statement from HRC.
"Good news that Chihiro has had successful surgery but, obviously, we are disappointed that he will be out for some time, especially after achieving his first championship points in Argentina," Roger Harvey stated in that report. "We now wait for him to recover which will give him time to reflect on what he needs to do to achieve the level he was targeting."
Meanwhile Michele Cervellin will be the lone ranger for HRC in MX2. Cervellin is coming off of a ninth overall at round three, but expects much more.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Honda Racing Corporation