MotoGP: Nakagami tops Practice 3, Marquez crashes (Update)

As a precaution, Marquez was sent to the hospital in Jerez for an MRI to check his condition.

A brief statement from Honda read: “To double-check his condition after the Turn 7 fall, Marc Marquez is heading to hospital for further checks.

“These are precautionary and Marquez is not experiencing any pain or discomfort.”

MotoGP doctor Angel Charte added when speaking to Spain’s DAZN: “Marc is perfectly fine, but I thought it would be good to do a control CT scan and be more calm.

“He has a large cervical contusion and at the level of his back, it does not cost us anything to do a CT scan.

“I hope he is in the afternoon session. I insist, it is only a controlled CT scan, nothing more.”

May 1, 2021 

LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami will lead the MotoGP grid into qualifying at the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain after a hugely dramatic FP3 unfolded at Jerez.

The Japanese rider was handed the top spot after Franco Morbidelli’s best lap was chalked off for exceeding track limits, but the major talking point was eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) frightening crash at Turn 7 – his first since returning from injury.

Huge drama then struck at Turn 7 as the eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez crashed out heavily. The front-end of the Spaniard’s RC213V washed away without much warning at 180km/h, sending him barrel-rolling through the gravel trap and flying into the air fence. Immense concern was etched across the faces of the Repsol Honda team members as the Spaniard remained down in the gravel trap next to his wrecked Honda.

Thankfully, the number 93 rose to his feet, sheepishly albeit, and walked to safety. He was later shown arriving back to the box, seemingly okay, after what was, no doubt, a frightening moment. He did, however, head to the medical center for further checks after his first fall since his injury return, but confirmed he’s “all good” and will return to the track in FP4.

Practice 3 Results

Pos Rider Time Gap
1 Takaaki Nakagami 1m36.985s 0.000s
2 Fabio Quartararo 1m37.010s 0.025s
3 Stefan Bradl 1m37.026s 0.041s
4 Joan Mir 1m37.036s 0.051s
5 Aleix Espargaro 1m37.049s 0.064s
6 Maverick Viñales 1m37.083s 0.098s
7 Franco Morbidelli 1m37.083s 0.098s
8 Francesco Bagnaia 1m37.136s 0.151s
9 Johann Zarco 1m37.157s 0.172s
10 Alex Rins 1m37.178s 0.193s
11 Jack Miller 1m37.188s 0.203s
12 Marc Marquez 1m37.354s 0.369s
13 Brad Binder 1m37.360s 0.375s
14 Alex Marquez 1m37.642s 0.657s
15 Valentino Rossi 1m37.704s 0.719s
16 Miguel Oliveira 1m37.710s 0.725s
17 Pol Espargaro 1m37.753s 0.768s
18 Luca Marini 1m37.771s 0.786s
19 Lorenzo Savadori 1m37.814s 0.829s
20 Enea Bastianini 1m37.913s 0.928s
21 Danilo Petrucci 1m37.934s 0.949s
22 Tito Rabat 1m38.413s 1.428s
23 Iker Lecuona 1m38.501s 1.516s