News 28 Mar 2023

Injured Oliveira confirms Termas MotoGP absence

Tendon damage outlined in the right leg of the Portuguese rider.

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Following injuries sustained in the Portuguese Grand Prix, Miguel Oliveira has confirmed he will not compete in the second round of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo.

Oliveira was brought down by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the early stages of Sunday’s race at Portimao, with the initial diagnosis reporting he sustained contusions to his leg in the incident.

After further evaluation, the extent of the CrytoData RNF Aprilia rider’s injuries have been revealed with  tendon injuries in his right leg preventing him from walking at this point in of his recovery.

“The MRI scheduled for today in Lisbon confirmed the suspicions we had yesterday after a medical evaluation at the circuit,” Oliveira shared. “Tendon injuries to the external rotators of the right leg were found, which not only prevent me from walking, but also from riding the bike and leaning into turns.

“It is an injury that is not amenable to surgery and that only rest helps in recovery. For this reason, I will not be present at the Argentine GP.”

Before the incident, Oliveira was battling inside the top three and had finished Saturday’s sprint race in seventh place. Also falling in the clash, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will be absent too from Argentina following surgery on his right hand.

Pol Espargaro (GasGas Factory Racing Tech3) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team) will also be absent from round two, the number 44 sustaining a pulmonary contusion, jaw fracture and a fractured dorsal vertebra, while Bastianini fractured his shoulder blade after being brought down by Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) in the sprint race.