Raorane hospitalised after S5 crash in Dakar Rally; Noah pushes after his fall
Another Indian rider was forced to exit the Dakar Rally due to crash.
In another unfortunate news from the 2021 Dakar Rally, privateer Malle category entrant Ashish Raorane has crashed out of the event after his fall late in Stage 5 on Thursday. He is the second Indian to bow out of the grueling rally in Saudi Arabia, after the incident with CS Santosh.
Raorane was running well in his first-ever Dakar in the unassisted category as he was classified 75th overall after Stage 4. He had a good run in Stage 5 as well until the late fall, where he was thrown off his bike, injuring his head in the process. He was able to get up, though.
He tried to push through the chequered flag for the day but massive headache forced him to call for help, thereby ending his Dakar. Much like Santosh, he was flown to the hospital in Ha'il, where the CT scans came back as clear but the doctors has kept him in the ICU still.
Raorane will be under observation for couple of days before they can decide the future course. With the #82 rider out, it leaves only Sherco TVS' Harith Noah as the lone Indian rider in the competition. It hasn't been easy for him as well, after his fall in Stage 4.
He further lost ground in Stage 5 when he had navigational troubles along with many others, as a mechanical issue lost him more time towards the end. He was back in full action in Stage 6, though, where he finished a solid 27th. He sits 35th in the overall standings.
His Sherco TVS' teammates Lorenzo Santolino and Rui Goncalves are eighth and 28th in the overall standings, while Hero MotoSports Rally Team's Joaquim Rodrigues and Sebastian Buhler are 17th and 21st respectively, with six more stages to go in the 2021 Dakar Rally.
The Indian remains under induced coma, as Dutch rider recall crash scene.
[Image courtesy: Ashish Raorane Facebook]