Marquez sits out second practice after heavy crash in FP1
Bad day for Marc Márquez a Sepang. The ineffectiveness of Sepang’s marshals, who did not warn about the presence of water due to brief rain in an area of the track, caused the crash of several riders, the Repsol rider among them. In the crash, Márquez suffered a hard blow in his left shoulder and foot, and also some contusions on the neck.
It was during the first lap, in right-hand corner number 10. Márquez and the other Moto2 riders were arriving at that part of the circuit without knowing that it had rained. There was no sign of it and Cluzel, Márquez and Smith, among others, were thrown out of their bikes when losing grip on their bikes, which were shod with slick tyres. In the unexpected crash, the rider from Cervera suffered a heavy hit.
After visiting the Clínica Mobile and make sure that he did not have any broken bones, the Repsol rider returned to his box to rest and prepare himself for the afternoon practice. Nevertheless, Márquez complained of feeling dizzy after the crash and as he did not recover in the afternoon, he and his team decided that he would not go on the bike again today. The Repsol rider returned to the hotel and is resting. Tomorrow, considering how he feels when he wakes up, a decision about his participation to the rest of the practice sessions will be taken.
Race Direction announced a 15.000 euros fine for the Malaysian Grand Prix organizer for the irresponsible behaviours of the marshals.
Emilio Alzamora: “Marc [Márquez] got out on track as always, but the marshals had not signalled that there was an area of the circuit that was completely wet. Marc did not see that a rider in front of him crashed and the bike of another skidded and, although he was slow, he suffered a heavy crash and several contusions, one of them in the neck.
He was a bit dizzy and we saw that he was not at 100% to get on the bike. Also with the heat we have here in Malaysia the best thing to do was to get back to the hotel. He has been given some medication to allow him to rest and tomorrow we will see how he feels or if he has more pain”.
Source: Repsol Media