Injury update: Thibault Benistant – OUT of Czech GP

After being involved in a start crash in the MX2 qualifying race at Loket for round 12 of the MX2 World Championship, Thibault Benistant has been ruled out of race day.

Yamaha posted the following update on social media:

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Thibault Benistant has withdrawn from round 12 of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Loket, Czech Republic, following a heavy fall during the Qualifying Race on Saturday 15th July.

Despite setting the pace in the Timed Practice and starting from P1, Benistant was hit from behind by another rider who did not brake in time, resulting in a heavy crash on the start straight. The 21-year-old Frenchman, who holds the second position in the MX2 championship standings, was immediately taken to the on-site medical center and then transported to the nearest hospital in Karlovy Vary for further evaluation. It is noteworthy that Benistant was cleared from any fractures or serious injury and was discharged from the hospital the same night.

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Even though Benistant was cleared from any severe injury, Yamaha – in consultation with the FIM doctor – have made the difficult decision to withdraw him from the Czech Grand Prix. The main priority is ensuring his well-being and allowing him the necessary time to recover fully. An update on his potential return to action will be shared on Yamaha Racing’s social media platforms when available.

You can see the incident below:

Image: MXGP/Infront Moto Racing