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Concussions in MotoGP: too serious a matter

In motorcycle racing we are used to the epic. The human being fighting against the machine, against its limits, against the track, against his surv


In motorcycle racing we are used to the epic. The human being fighting against the machine, against its limits, against the track, against his survival instinct, against other riders and, also, against injuries. Since races are races, motorcycling has been associated with the fact that motorcycling is dangerous and injuries occur, which test the riders’ ability to overcome to be on the bike as soon as possible. For many years it was said that “the pilots were made of another paste”, when the reality is that the recovery processes were accelerated to the limit and often without sufficient margins for the body to recover. Only luck, of those who had it, prevented the recurrence of the injury, aggravating the consequences. The example of Marc Márquez in 2020 and everything that is going through an incorrect assessment of the injury, and the recovery periods is the most recent and clear that we have.

But there is a point of the falls that is not valued practically because it does not imply a fracture, a burn, a dislocation… and that is the concussions. It has been known for a long time how harmful they are. In fact, depending on the countries you race in, a concussion means the race weekend is over. However, this is not happening in at present, and it is being seen how pilots suffer concussions and without in-depth examinations they return to the track only a few hours later.

In this sense, we have recently seen the case of Álex Márquez during the last Catalan GP, where the medical part revealed after his strong fall that the Lleida suffered “a small concussion”. Even so, he got the go-ahead to go out on the track in the warm up and, later, in the race. A few months ago, in preseason, he was Raúl Fernández who suffered a violent fall in Indonesia (with a concussion included and even with a visible stroke on the face), the one that went out on the track the next day. Raúl was not so lucky and had speed appreciation problems that led to a crash without major consequences, after which he decided not to go out on the track again.