During the final round of the Internazionali d'Italia championship in Mantova, Team Honda HRC MXGP rider Tim Gajser overshot a large jump on the track by a massive length (over ten feet past the intended downward slope) and landed on the flat ground before another obstacle. The hard landing caused Gajser to slam his face off of the handlebars and he was knocked unconscious immediately and suffered a broken jaw. Per a press release from Honda, the on-site paramedics were able to prep and transport him to a local hospital, where doctors sent him through a number of scans that revealed no damage to his spine, and they were able to repair the two fractures to his jaw with surgery.
This is a massive setback for the Slovenian racer, as the 2016 MXGP champion is expected to be a title contender in the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship that begins in Argentina in two weeks. Team Honda HRC was not able to confirm if Gajser would be able to make the opening round of the series. Gajser recently confirmed that he will remain in the Europe-based series for a few more years through a contract with Team Honda HRC.
The video below begins just before Gajser’s crash.