#AustralianGP ends early for Alex Marquez with a crash
Álex Márquez saw his chances at the Australian Grand Prix ended by a crash in the first half of Sunday’s race at Phillip Island. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider had made a great start to the MotoGP showpiece, but a misjudgement on lap nine brought a premature finish to what had been an encouraging weekend for the Spaniard.
Setting off from the fourth row, Álex made a trademark fast getaway and moved up into 7th spot in the early exchanges. With positions constantly changing in the top 10, Álex was lapping in ninth when he carried too much speed into turn four and contacted Jack Miller. Both riders crashed out, but fortunately escaped serious injury.
Álex Márquez – NC
The first thing I want to say is sorry to Jack because I hit him. I locked the rear. It was my mistake. We can say that this is racing and these things can happen, but I’m really sorry for him and all his team. Especially being his home GP. Apart from that, we had a really positive weekend overall and it was a shame about the crash in the race because I was feeling really good in the group, trying to fight and go forward as I had the pace to do a really good job. But we have a new opportunity next week and I will try hard to be on the pace again.