Indy ruled out of season opener with a broken leg he knew nothing about
Indy Offer’s 2020 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship race debut has been put on hold until MotorLand Aragon after the discovery of a broken ankle after FP2 in Jerez.
The youngest ever British rider in the series arrived in Southern Spain following a successful test in Aragon a matter of weeks ago, and after finding his feet in FP1 on Friday began to complain of pain in his ankle during and after FP2. A quick visit to the Medical Centre revealed a fracture, sustained from a non-racing related incident over a month ago!
The decision not to race was taken out of his hands by Dorna’s medical team on site who ruled him out of both the season opener and Round 2 in Portugal next weekend. Naturally disappointed, the #18 Scuderia Maranga rider gained valuable experience on Friday and will attend next weekend’s event in Portimao to support the team and his two team mates.
“Considering I was told I couldn’t race, which was a shock as I had no idea my leg was fractured (I rode for two days in Aragon less than a fortnight ago), I am taking a lot of positives away from Round 1 in Jerez. I managed to put in over 20 laps, even though my leg was hurting a lot in FP2, and we found a good direction with the bike. The team were amazing and have been so supportive both before and after the ‘not fit to ride’ decision. It was good to be back in a racing paddock and to understand how the World Championship works, it’s very different to what I know in the UK. Sadly we will be missing the next round but I aim to be back on track at Aragon which is a track I know and so there’s no point being down, it’s all part of racing, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t gutted not to be riding. I want to wish the team all the best for Portimao. I will be there to support them and even though I won’t race, it will be beneficial for the future for me to experience another weekend in the World Superbike paddock.”