Marc Marquez has suffered his first big accident since returning to MotoGP
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Marquez broke his arm at Jerez last season and, on his return to the Spanish circuit, the six-time MotoGP world champion suffered another huge crash.
Marquez was transferred from the medical centre to a local hospital for precautionary CT scans, following a high-speed crash in free practice, but was able to walk away.
The 28-year-old lost control of the bike coming out of the hairpin into turn seven, sending him sliding across the gravel and into the barrier, landing heavily on his left side.
Marquez, who was clearly shaken by the high impact crash, was able to walk away from the incident, with Repsol Honda confirming that Marquez “has no major injuries, suffering only a contusion,” and would be fine to continue his race weekend.
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The Spanish Grand Prix this weekend is only Marquez’s second race back aboard the Honda, after being forced to sit of the 2020 MotoGP season after breaking his right arm at Jerez last year.
Marquez crashed out of the opening race of the championship last season, but attempted to race just days after major surgery. But he was forced to sit out the rest of the season.
Marquez’s absence left the MotoGP championship wide open for others, and the shortened 2020 calendar was one of the most unpredictable seasons since the Spaniard’s arrival.
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But, speaking at the team’s launch in February, Marquez confirmed he would be more sensible heading into 2021.
“In 2020, I didn’t take many positive things from it but I learned a few things – and one of them is that of course we take a lot of risk and we try to come back as soon as possible, but this isn’t the most important thing,” he conceded.
“We made a mistake coming back in Jerez, and we have to accept it. I learned from the situation for the future, and luckily for me now it’s going in a good way.
“It’s the only thing I learned from the year, because the rest was just a big casino. It’s been another experience from me, from a personal side. Something that I will use in the future.”
Elsewhere on track, Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami continued his strong weekend so far at Jerez by topping Saturday morning’s MotoGP FP3 session heading into qualifying at 1pm.
Meanwhile, Marquez will be among those heading to Q1 after his crash left him twelfth on the timing screens.
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