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Suzuki MotoGP rider Alex Rins suffers ankle fracture

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Suzuki has confirmed that MotoGP rider Alex Rins has suffered an ankle fracture in training following last weekend’s season-opener in Qatar.

Rins, 21, stepped up from Moto2 at the end of last year to take a factory ride with Suzuki, partnering Andrea Iannone.

Rins finished ninth on debut in Qatar, but suffered a fracture to his right ankle after a motocross accident while training earlier this week, putting him in doubt for the next race in Argentina.

“[Rins] finally decided to have some tests done at the University Hospital Dexeus in Barcelona (Spain). There he underwent further examination which diagnosed a small fracture in the talus bone of the right ankle,” Suzuki confirmed in a statement.

“The doctors who evaluated the Spanish rider, led by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Hand Unit, a top Orthopedic Surgeon, and Coordinator of the MotoGP Traumatology Service, and Eugenio Gimeno, Head of the foot Unit Hospital Quiron-Dexeus, concluded after a CT scan that Rins had a partial fracture of the right talus, without displacement, but with bone edema.

“After consulting with his colleagues in the Department of Traumatology, the medical team has decided to carry out non-surgical treatment with magnetotherapy and physiotherapy, and they will examine the rider next Monday in the same clinic for a check-up before traveling to Argentina.”

The next race in Argentina will take place at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo on April 9.

Veach tops opening IndyCar practice at Pocono

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LONG POND, Pa – After a delay of 30 minutes due to track drying – overnight rains hit Pocono Raceway and the surrounding area – opening practice for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) got underway at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach topped the speed charts in that opening practice, with a fastest speed of 217.393 mph. Veach also posted the best no-tow speed at 214.233 mph.

Behind Veach, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was second with quick lap of 217.016 mph – Veach and Newgarden were also the only drivers above the 217 mark in the first practice.

Veach’s teammate Alexander Rossi was third. Sebastien Bourdais was fourth for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, while A.J. Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five.

The lone interruption in the session came with just over 10 minutes remaining, with a yellow for a track inspection to check for debris. However, the session itself saw no on-track incidents.

Of note: Conor Daly and Harding Racing experienced a mechanical problem that limited their running during the session. Daly was able to complete 15 timed laps, but only with a best lap of 206.012 mph.

Results are below. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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