Marquez escapes injury in high speed fall

It was a baptism of fire for Marc Marquez at Mugello today during both Free Practice sessions for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Marquez had a day to forget at Mugello

Photo: Repsol Honda

After posting the fastest time this morning the young Spaniard, who is aiming to beat the Max Biaggi’s of four straight rookie podiums from the start of the season, ran on through the gravel but daintily let the front slip away as he crossed the wet grass on the other side at the slowest of speeds. Apart from some newly aquired turf and soil the Honda RC213V was unscathed and Marquez was able to ride back to the garage without issue.

Unfortunatley during the brighter and warmer conditions of FP2 the reigning Moto2 Champion wasn’t so lucky. After posting successive personal best laps Marquez crested the rise on the front straight and went for the brakes at his usual marker but lost control and the bike veered towards the concrete wall at over 170mph, thankfully the Honda remained between the rider and the wall helping Marquez escape serious injury despite the huge washing machine roll that must have seemed to last an eternity; although declared fit to ride by the Clinica Mobile Marquez will be very stiff and sore for the remainder of the weekend.

Championship leader Dani Pedrosa had a difficult pair of sessions in the Tuscan countryside as he struggled for grip in the cool morning session and the warmer afternoon session, Pedrosa also tried two different fairings to try and combat the gusty conditions and improve stability but only posted the fifth fastest tme in FP2, a full second behind pacesetter Lorenzo.

A battered and bruised Marquez said “Just after the hill on the straight I grabbed for the brakes but I closed the front. I tried to save it but the bike was pulling me towards the wall so I jumped from the bike to avoid hitting it. I hit my chin hard and strained my neck quite badly, I also have some contusions to my right shoulder, arm and leg but other than that I’m ok. Thanks to all the medical team that were quickly on the scene to assist me. Now I need to rest and see how I feel later tonight and in the morning” 

A disappointed Pedrosa added “Today’s practice wasn’t that good for us. We had problem with grip and lacked rear traction and the bike wasn’t at its best because of that. We also didn’t have a great feeling with the tyres. In the morning session the track was half wet, half dry, so we couldn’t take any solid data from that but we hope to improve all-round for tomorrow”

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