Broken shoulder for Josep Garcia in Swedish EnduroGP crash
Josep Garcia faces a race to be fit for round five of the 2023 EnduroGP World Championship season after sustaining multiple fractures to his shoulder in a crash at the Swedish GP – the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider will undergo surgery for his clavicle fracture this week in Barcelona.
After winning day one at the ’23 Swedish EnduroGP in Skövde, day two looked to be in the bag also until Josep Garcia crashed badly out of the race in one of the enduro tests. In a beaten up short straight in the trees, Josep crashed over the front of his bike, piling into the ground smashing his left shoulder and dislocating his elbow.
After travelling back home to Spain yesterday, Garcia will be operated on Tuesday by well-known motorcycle sport surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona.
García began the Swedish GP with a second place in the Super Test on Thursday before going on to take his second consecutive GP day win on Friday, after setting the best time with eight seconds faster than Brad Freeman.
Josep was already sailing to a great time advantage on day two, Saturday when he suffered a hard fall at the start of the third lap. The KTM rider was taken to hospital in Sweden where the first medical examinations indicated the dislocation of his right elbow and a fractured left clavicle.
After his arrival in Barcelona yesterday (Sunday), Josep will be placed in the hands of Doctor Xavier Mir, a prestigious traumatologist and rider surgeon, and the medical team of the Dexeus University Hospital for further new tests and to undergo surgery on Tuesday to fix the broken clavicle (Monday is a bank holiday in Spain so he has to wait an extra day).
Despite not having scored points on the second day in Sweden, the rider from Suria continues to lead E1 championship and sits third overall. Garcia now has three weeks off to try to recover and reach the fifth round of the World Championship in Gelnica, Slovakia, from June 30 to July 2.
Get well soon Josep.
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