Marc Marquez, the six-time MotoGP titleholder, was transported to a hospital following a horrific incident during the last warm-up for Sunday’s Indonesian MotoGP. Just before the completion of the Mandalika International Street Circuit’s 20-minute practice on Sunday morning, Marquez was thrown off his motorcycle on turn seven.
After the Honda of Marc Marquez went cartwheeling, the Spaniard looked to hit his left arm hard on the pavement at a speed of about 180 kph (110mph). Marquez was transferred to a local hospital for medical examinations after he was able to stand on his own two feet.
He was transferred to Mataram Hospital after his fall, according to Honda’s social media posts: “Marquez has been sent for additional tests.” After two accidents in qualifying on Saturday, Marc Marquez obviously had a rough weekend.
Following a three-place grid violation for Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli, he was upgraded to 14th on the field and was expected to compete later in the afternoon from the 14th position. Fabio Quartararo, the reigning MotoGP titleholder, will begin from pole spot in Indonesia for the first time in 25 years.
After Alex Rins barely avoided a calamity in Free Practice 4, their poor qualifying performances followed suit. Rins jumped off the GSX-RR in dread of an implosion when his Suzuki went up in flames in turn 10 due to oil leakage. The practice round was halted because of the frightening occurrence, that also witnessed Joan Mir smash on the oil mess.
“Then, when I saw the flames on the bike, it was a terrible time because what went through my mind was, ‘Alex, jump,'” recalls Rins.
“So, it was not a good moment.”
The Asian financial recession derailed Indonesia’s hopes of becoming a major player in the game by canceling their motorbike grand Prix in Jakarta during 1996 and 1997. The Mandalika circuit had to be resurfaced for this week’s action due to technical troubles for the country’s comeback to world-class motorcycle racing.
Competitors in the MotoGP championship grumbled about the mud and breakup of the track in February’s training. This year’s MotoGP season had a record of 21 events, culminating in Valencia on November 6.
The Current Grid includes-
Front row 1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 1min 31.067sec, 2. Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati-Pramac) 1:31.280, 3. Johann Zarco (FRA/Ducati-Pramac) 1:31.378
4. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 1:31.433, 5. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati-Gresini) 1:31.504, 6. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) 1:31.507
7. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 1:31.566, 8. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 1:31.582, 9. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati) 1:31.714
10. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 1:31.723, 11. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Ducati-Gresini) 1:31.819, 12. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha) 1:32.336