Joan Mir will not participate in the forthcoming British GP this which will take place this Sunday, August 25, at the Silverstone circuit. The Spanish rider suffered an accident at the last test in Brno which forced him to miss the Austrian GP and have a two-week-long period of convalescence.
His presence in England has now been ruled out as he was not able to recover 100% from the pulmonary contusion he suffered, as well as a feeling of general weakness due to lack of training since the accident.
This decision has been taken between the rider, the doctors from the Internal Medicine team at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona lead by Ángel Charte (Medical Director of the MotoGP World Championship), and Team Suzuki Ecstar. A new series of checks at the hospital, including a round of radiological tests, were carried out to determine the level of involvement of the afflicted lung.
Although the tests were positive and Mir’s general health is quite good, doctors, as a precaution, advised the rider not to hurry back whilst still in the recovery stages, and to instead start training normally to improve his physical condition and thus be able to attend the next Grand Prix in better physical condition.
Following an assessment of Mir’s physical situation, Dr Angel Charte said: “After the tests, we have done we detected some remaining residues in the lung, and for safety reasons, we think the best thing is that he does not return yet, and he first recovers to 100%.”
From now on he will return to his normal activity at home, where he can begin active rehabilitation. “Now he must recover lung capacity and strengthen his overall condition after several weeks of inactivity. To do this he can start walking, running, doing some exercises in the mountains, and some limited motorcycle riding in moderation,” adds the doctor.
Team Suzuki Ecstar will replace the Mallorcan rider with Test Rider Sylvain Guintoli, who is currently completing an official test at the Finnish circuit of Kymiring near Kouvola.