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    21 June 2023

    Hand injury forces Mir out of Dutch GP, Lecuona to replace him in MotoGP race

    The Perplexing Absences of Mir and Rins in the Dutch Grand Prix

    As the 2021 MotoGP season rolls on, fans have been left puzzled by the continued absences of Joan Mir and Alex Rins from several races. The latest race where they will be missing is this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix at Assen.

    Mir, who was crowned as world champion in 2020, suffered a fractured little finger on his right hand during practice for the Italian GP. Despite hopes of being fit enough to participate in Sachsenring, he had to withdraw from that race too. Iker Lecuona has replaced him twice now – once at Mugello and then again at Sachsenring.

    This time around, it is unclear when Mir will return to action. He has missed three consecutive races already after skipping Argentina GP earlier this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. His only participation so far has been at Portimao, Austin, Jerez and Le Mans where he scored a total of five points which puts him down to 24th place overall with 155 points behind leader Francesco Bagnaia.

    Alex Rins’ absence comes after suffering a broken leg during the sprint race at the Italian GP last month. In an incident not picked up by TV cameras, he went down on lap four before being transported off-track for further medical attention where it was confirmed that he had indeed sustained a broken leg.

    Replacements

    Lecuona replaces Mir once more while Honda test rider Stefan Bradl takes over duties for injured Alex Rins this weekend in Assen., Interestingly enough Bradl also replaced Marc Marquez earlier this season both in Austin and Jerez rounds as well.. Speaking about Marquez; though he appears on entry lists there are doubts as to whether he will participate this weekend after fracturing his hand during Sachsenring GP two weeks ago.

    Final Thoughts

    The absence of these two riders has left fans puzzled and wondering about what could have been had they participated in all races. For now, we can only hope for their speedy recovery as the season progresses.

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