Marquez hospitalised after heavy Thailand MotoGP FP1 crash

Marquez goes over the handlebars
Marquez goes over the handlebars

Fabio Quartararo led an all-Yamaha 1-2-3 in the second MotoGP free practice session for the Thailand Grand Prix, as Marc Marquez returned to action following his heavy FP1 crash.

Marquez was hospitalised after a huge crash in FP1.

Honda said its rider was "lucky" to escape injury. Marquez was on an out-lap in the closing 10 minutes of the opening session when he lost the rear of his Honda going into the Turn 7 right-hander and was launched into a highside.

He hit the ground hard which knocked the wind out of him (he complained he could not breathe for 5-seconds) and took some time to get to his feet. The accident was so bad the rear of the bike ripped off.

“We started the day well but in the last run we had a big crash on our out lap. I was feeling OK when I arrived in the medical center but we followed the doctor’s procedures and went for some checks.

Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

"The most important thing is I am OK, I’m in some pain but OK. In the afternoon I was able to ride well and I am happy with what we achieved. We only had to modify our plan a little bit but I was able to be fast immediately."

Fabio Quartararo got his Thailand Grand Prix weekend off to a super start, ending the opening day of practice in hot conditions at the Buriram International Circuit in first..

Impressive not only on time attack but on his consistent lap times as well, Quartararo was delighted to end the day in P1, with his best time almost two tenths quicker than his nearest rival. Quick to adapt to the Buriram circuit despite only making his MotoGP debut today and unfazed by the hot Thai conditions, Fabio was second fastest in the morning, before bettering his time by almost eight tenths in the afternoon to set his 1min 30.404secs lap.

Practice 1

1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m30.979s 21
2 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m31.170s 0.191s 21
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m31.187s 0.208s 17
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m31.205s 0.226s 20
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m31.227s 0.248s 18
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m31.482s 0.503s 22
7 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 1m31.569s 0.590s 22
8 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m31.593s 0.614s 18
9 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m31.753s 0.774s 22
10 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1m31.799s 0.820s 20
11 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m31.847s 0.868s 20
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m31.865s 0.886s 17
13 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m31.895s 0.916s 20
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m31.947s 0.968s 19
15 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1m32.239s 1.260s 19
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m32.280s 1.301s 21
17 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1m32.524s 1.545s 15
18 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m32.554s 1.575s 19
19 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1m32.838s 1.859s 19
20 Mika Kallio KTM 1m32.877s 1.898s 23
21 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 1m33.033s 2.054s 18
22 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 1m33.129s 2.150s 17

Practice 2

1 Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)* 1'30.404s
2 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.193s
3 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.221s
4 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP19) +0.294s
5 Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.329s
6 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.487s
7 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +0.603s
8 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP19) +0.623s
9 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* +0.682s
10 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.690s
11 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (GP19) +0.711s
12 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18)* +0.750s
13 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.940s
14 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +1.020s
15 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) +1.095s
16 Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) +1.108s
17 Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +1.184s
18 Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia Ducati (GP18) +1.528s
19 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* +1.532s
20 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +1.545s
21 Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) +1.587s
22 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) +2.180s

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