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Jakarta Post

'Lucky' Marquez aims to race after crash at Thailand MotoGP practice

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Buriram, Thailand   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /   02:22 pm
'Lucky' Marquez aims to race after crash at Thailand MotoGP practice Repsol Honda Team's Spanish rider Marc Marquez competes during the MotoGP race of the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix at Buriram International Circuit on October 7, 2018. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Spaniard Marc Marquez will attempt to continue racing after crashing Friday during a practice lap at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, the Honda team manager said, as he hopes this weekend to clinch his sixth MotoGP world title.

Footage from his helmet camera released by MotoGP organisers showed the 26-year-old Honda-riding superstar taking a tumble as he hit a corner.

He was later seen hunched on the gravel before being taken to a hospital in Buriram for a check-up, MotoGP said in a statement posted on their official Twitter handle.

Team manager Alberto Puig told reporters Marquez had an MRI scan but nothing serious was found and "he will go out and he will try to continue".

"We were lucky today."

Marquez secured his eighth victory of the season at Aragon Motorland in Spain last month, a victory all but ending any lingering hopes Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi still had of lifting the trophy.

He had his eyes on sealing the title in Thailand on Sunday.

It is the second time the Thailand MotoGP has been held at the Chang circuit in Buriram.

Marquez won the inaugural race last year in a thrilling last turn battle with Ducati's Dovizioso, who sits second in the standings.

Buriram is in rural northeastern Thailand and has been transformed into a sporting hub by an extremely rich local bigwig with powerful political connections.