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MotoGP World Championship Shaken Up in Argentina as Mir Withdraws, Field Down to 17 Riders

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The 2020 world champion had a hard time during the 12-lap sprint and ended up in last place. On the opening lap, they crashed going through Turn 7 and were taken to the medical center for a checkup. After getting some tests done, it didn’t look like there were any major injuries but they had to go to a hospital in Santiago del Estero just to be sure about their right ankle.

Mir and Honda have decided not to race in the remainder of the Argentina weekend so that Mir’s ankle can get better for the Americas GP on April 14-16. This will be only the second time in two seasons when no factory Honda team rider participates, having missed out on the 2021 Valencia GP as well.

The Repsol Honda Team along with Joan Mir have decided they won’t compete anymore in the ongoing Argentina Grand Prix. They made this decision so that he can recover from what he was going through and get back to Europe to prepare for the upcoming race, the Americas Grand Prix which is on 14-16 April.

The medical tests at both the circuit and hospital located in Santiago del Estero showed that no major injuries were inflicted, but the rider from Repsol Honda team still felt significant pain and discomfort due to their fall.

For this Sunday’s grand prix in Rio Hondo, only 17 riders will join the race making it become the smallest grid since 2011 season, where two events saw just 15 and fourteen participants respectively.

The Honda team for the Argentina GP had one less rider since Marc Marquez was hurt in a crash with Miguel Oliveira during the Portuguese GP. Binder had to tell himself to keep up his sprint-winning speed and Espargaro said he needed extra aggression to stay successful in MotoGP which caused another accident in Argentina. In the end, Binder was able to win despite starting from 15th place.

This year, five riders won’t be able to race in the Argentina Grand Prix because they are injured. But Alex Marquez will start at the front in pole position, and Brad Binder has to come through from 15th place.

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