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WATCH: Alex Rins set to miss 2020 MotoGP opener after huge Jerez crash

Suzuki's Alex Rins is set to miss the opening round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship - the Spanish MotoGP - due to this huge qualifying crash

Alex Rins is understood to be out of the 2020 MotoGP season opener in Jerez after suffering a wild crashing during qualifying for the Spanish MotoGP in Jerez.

The Spaniard was on a quick lap in the closing stages of the Q2 session when he got it wrong coming into the fast Turn 11 right-hander. Despite saving the wobble, Rins was instead sent careering off into the gravel trap and forced to come off the Suzuki GSX-RR.

Fortunately, the incident could have been worse had Rins collected the stricken Ducati of Jack Miller which had crashed moments before and was about to be set upon by marshals coming to move.

However, for Rins himself the spiralling crash into the gravel trap has left him with a dislocated and fractured shoulder, which has necessitated a trip to the hospital.

“After the crash, Alex had a lot of pain in his right shoulder. He was taken to the Clinica Mobile for an X-ray, where doctors detected a fracture and dislocation, administering a mild sedative to ease the pain. Alex will be transferred to hospital for further tests.”

Full confirmation of the injury and whether he will race will come after his MRI but various outlets are reporting it’s almost certain he won’t race tomorrow, while he is now a doubt looking forward with round two at the same circuit just a week away.

Rins had qualified in ninth position and is regarded as one of the favourites for this year’s title beyond hot tip Marc Marquez. The crash came hours after Rins and Marquez had locked horns in FP3 when the Honda rider got in his rival’s way on a quick lap but escaped penalty after it was revealed a yellow flag was flying at the time. 

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