This past Wednesday, January 13, an unfortunate event for Chilean sport occurred in the Dakar 2021. José Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) decided to abandon the competition due to an important accident he had during the 10th stage of the event.
Cornejo, who had started the tenth special stage as the outstanding leader of the general motorcycle race, fell at kilometer 252 of the 342 timed between Neom and Al’Ula; and although he managed to recover from the accident that kept him unconscious for several minutes when he reached the finish line, the Chilean rider was not feeling well.
The Dakar informed a little later that he was in a medical checkup and “has decided to abandon”.
“I am in pain all over, but what hurts me most is my heart” declared Cornejo for the newspaper “La tercera”.
The great Chilean letter along with his father reviewed the fall and expressed their frustration for the well-known medium.
“I fell hard on the special one. I was able to finish, but in the end I lost consciousness for a few minutes. When I continued I was a little dizzy. I was able to finish, but here at the end of the special the doctors are checking me out. It seems that I have to have a scan to check that everything is okay because I was hit on the head so hard, but I’m fine now. I regained consciousness and everything. For a few minutes I went black. A big hug”, he says in the audio that the Chilean pilot sent when he got on the ambulance that took him to Tabuk hospital, once the stage of the Dakar was over.
A regrettable news for the Chilean sport, since Cornejo was the great letter of our country in the event that was frustrated by this accident in the worst moment.
If you want to know more details and the complete impressions of the pilot regarding what happened you can enter www.latercera.com and you will find a long and complete interview made to the sportsman.