Leandro Mercado fell in the first free training session at the Montmeló circuit and will not be able to compete on the sixth date of the championship
September 19, 2020 Share on FacebookShare Share on TwitterTweet Share on WhatsAppShareThe hard fall of Leandro Mercado in the World Superbike
The Argentine Leandro Mercado did not have the return he expected to the World Superbike. This Friday, in the first free practice session, the motorcyclist who competes for Motocorsa Racing lost his way on the straight before turn 13 of the Montmeló circuit and suffered a hard crash that ended in the worst way: the Ducati rider he fractured the radius and scaphoid of his right arm and will not be able to compete on the sixth date of the championship.
The news was confirmed after Mercado was transferred to the General Hospital of Catalonia. Once he arrived at the place and was reviewed by the doctors, the official account of the category announced the withdrawal of the Argentine from the competition during the weekend and confirmed the injuries.
A few hours later, it was the motorcyclist himself who referred to the accident. Through his Instagram account, Tati left this message for his followers. “Today I have to see the race from the outside once again, it is a difficult moment for me. All I want is to recover and come back stronger than before. I received many messages and good wishes that encourage me to keep pushing and not lower my arms. Thanks for the support!” wrote the 28-year-old rider who has been competing in the World Superbike since 2017.
Leandro Mercado's message after his fall at the Montmeló circuit
It is important to note that Mercado had returned to the competition after missing the fifth date of the contest , which was held in early September at the Teruel circuit, also in Spanish territory. The Argentine was absent from the test because on day 4 of the World Cup he also starred in an accident : in the middle of the race, Tati was hit by English Tom Sykes during the first lap of the first competition of the weekend at the Aragón racetrack, Spain.
As a result of the accident that occurred on August 30, the Ducati rider sprained his left ankle, suffered a strained cervical vertebra and was declared unfit to continue in the competition and was absent from the second race of the weekend .
So far, Mercado has added 12 points in the Superbike championship and is ranked 18th in the tournament led by British Jonathan Rea, who rides with Kawasaki . The next date of the World Championship will run from October 2 to 4 at the legendary Magny-Cours circuit, inaugurated almost six decades ago and which was the setting chosen by Formula 1 until 2008 to compete in France.
Mercado is the only Argentine competing in the World Superbike (Shutterstock)