The MotoGP Pramac Racing pilot, Jorge Martín, is currently recovering from the triple surgery he had to go through on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 21 at the Dexeus Clinic in Barcelona.
A medical team led by Dr Xavier Mir intervened on Martín’s seven fractures (both hands, right ankle and left leg) which were caused by a violent fall at the Portuguese GP on April 17. Thankfully, and according to the pilot’s own social networks, the intervention was a success.
His surgery was initially scheduled for Monday, April 19, however, his doctors decided to keep him under observation for a further 48 hours and delay the time of the surgery, to monitor his concussion.
It is thus very much impossible for the Spaniard pilot to be present at the next event on the calendar, the Spanish GP. His team has, in fact, already announced that he is to be replaced by Tito Rabat at the Jerez Circuit (April 30-May 2), a Spanish MotoGP pilot until 2020 and current competitor in the World Superbikes.
Las 3 operaciones han salido perfectas. Gracias a los doctores Mir, Jimeno, Campillo, Monllau y sus equipos. ¡Empieza la cuenta atrás!// 3 surgeries went perfect. The count down begins! pic.twitter.com/mf5YkmaINn
— JorgeMartínAlmoguera (@88jorgemartin) April 21, 2021
Spain ruled out and France highly unlikely
It is not only his presence at his home round that has been ruled out but his participation in the subsequent race, the French GP, which will take place at the Le Mans Circuit from 14 to 16 May, also seems very unlikely.
As per Martín’s own words to the online news outlet Motorsport.com, the plan is to get back on a motorcycle in three weeks’ time.
If in the end, he meets this deadline, Jorge Martín would make it to the French round after having had virtually no training for a month. The most rational thing to do, however, taking everything into account, would be for him to come back for the Italian GP, which is scheduled for May 28-30 at the Mugello racetrack.
If this was the case, he would have five weeks in total to recover and would have missed the two aforementioned Grand Prix as well as the Portuguese one, where he never took the start.
If he is absent in France, Tito Rabat could also be his replacement but it will be for the Italian team to decide if they want to use the Catalan pilot again for that round or the brand’s test driver, Michelle Pirro, instead.
An injury at the worst of times
In any case, this ill-timed setback has nipped in the bud the meteoric MotoGP ascent of the rookie. The Spaniard delighted with an impressive performance at his debut round for the championship opening GP in Qatar.
Under the floodlights of the Losail Circuit, he made a brilliant start to climb from fourteenth to fourth in the first few meters.
La salida de Jorge Martín. Para verla una y otra vez 😯
— DAZN España (@DAZN_ES) March 28, 2021
On his second performance, only a week later and at that same venue, at Doha GP, he achieved an even more remarkable feat. First, he made history in qualifying by taking pole position on his second ever MotoGP race, and as if that were not enough, twenty-four hours later he got a podium.
After that unexpected success, however, bad luck struck. During the third free practice session of the Portuguese GP, he suffered a nasty accident. He lost control of his Desmosedici GP21 at turn seven (a high-speed corner) of the Autodromo do Algarve, hitting his head at great speed as well as suffering a number of other injuries.
Images of Jorge Martin: Pramac Racing.