Scary moment legend thrown from bike
This is the sickening moment Marc Marquez came flying off his bike during a crash at the Thai Grand Prix.
The MotoGP legend was riding his Honda during the practice session today when he came off the track at turn seven.
Marquez’s bike flipped as it slid, sending the five-time champions hurtling through the air in a somersault.
Watch @marcmarquez93' frighteningly violent FP1 highside from the circuit security cameras! 😱
It's a miracle he was able to ride in FP2 just hours later!!! 🙌#ThaiGP 🇹🇭 pic.twitter.com/4p6re2U2kq
The 26-year-old miraculously escaped injury at the Chang circuit in Buriram.
And after being taken to hospital, Marquez returned to get back on his bike and complete his practice session.
The Spaniard is thanking his lucky stars for the miracle, as he is on the verge of winning a sixth title as long as he finishes two points above Andrea Dovizioso this weekend.
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“It was around five seconds that I couldn’t breathe. For that reason, I was there on the floor, in the gravel,” Marquez said.
“And it’s only five seconds, but for me it was like twenty seconds there, because it was a big impact.
“The most important thing is that I’m okay, painful everywhere. But the biggest thing after the crash was that I couldn’t breathe, so this was the main problem.”
Imágenes de la caída de hoy, nos hemos librado de una buena! 👍🏼
Pics of the crash, luckily we could ride again!#ThaiGP
Pics by @ChangCircuit pic.twitter.com/5tVfmCOZcu
As for the accident itself, Marquez — who was on an out-lap — described the factors that may have contributed to what happened.
“It was new tyres, of course maybe the track was not clean enough, this is normal,” he explained.
“The main difference is that normally in that corner, we don’t close completely the gas. We close the gas a bit, but we don’t close. And in that lap, I closed the gas.
“When you close the gas, the engine brake is going in, and then is when I locked the rear. So it’s not a mechanical problem, it was more my mistake. But it was because I was riding slow.
“It was more maybe the tyre was not ready or maybe I was a bit on the dirty part of the track. So it’s difficult to understand.
“But in some laps, when I am racing fast, I also close completely, and nothing happened. But that time, maybe I was in a dirty place on the track or something like this.”
Marc Marquez’s bike after the crashSource:Supplied
“We were lucky, but he is OK,” Honda boss Alberto Puig added.
“Marquez went to the hospital to check everything, they did an MRI and everything looks fine.
“He had some contusions in the back and also in the leg, and also in the hip a little bit, but nothing to be worried about.”
Back on the bike, and straight back to the top! 💪@marcmarquez93, fresh from a trip to Buriram hospital, immediately sets the fastest lap of the day!!! 🔥#ThaiGP 🇹🇭 pic.twitter.com/FhcXtTH534
Marquez secured his eighth victory of the season at Aragon Motorland in Spain last month, a victory all but ending any lingering hopes Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi still had of lifting the trophy.
He has his eyes on sealing the title in Thailand on Sunday.
It is the second time the Thailand MotoGP has been held at the Chang circuit in Buriram.
Marquez won the inaugural race last year in a thrilling last turn battle with Ducati’s Dovizioso, who sits second in the standings.
Buriram is in rural northeastern Thailand and has been transformed into a sporting hub by an extremely rich local bigwig with powerful political connections.
— with The Sun and AFP
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