Reigning MotoGp champion Marc Marquez was rushed to hospital for treatment on his arm after he was thrown from his bike in a stunning crash the Spain season opener.
It had already been a troublesome race for Marquez, who had survived running off the track on lap four to catch up to race leader Fabio Quartararo.
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While Marquez survived his earlier run-off, his luck ran out at turn three when he was tailing Quartararo on lap 20.
A high-side threw the Spaniard from his bike and sent him bouncing across the gravel trap.
The 27-year-old was taken to Barcelona for treatment after fracturing his arm in the crash, his Repsol Honda team later confirmed on Twitter.
“A fall at Turn 3 while fighting for the podium has resulted in a broken right humerus for @marcmarquez93, who will travel to Barcelona for surgery,” the team posted.
Marquez himself took to Twitter after he’d received treatment to let his fans know he was alright.
“Sometimes things don't go as you expect but the most important thing is to get back up and move on,” he wrote.
Sometimes things don't go as you expect but the most important thing is to get back up and move on. I hope you enjoyed the comeback! Now I'll have an operation to fix the fracture of my right humerus. I promise you all that I will come back as soon as possible and even stronger💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/5FCIamVZLx
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) July 19, 2020
“I hope you enjoyed the comeback! Now I'll have an operation to fix the fracture of my right humerus.
“I promise you all that I will come back as soon as possible and even stronger.”
Fabio Quartararo makes history after Marc Marquez crash
Race leader Qurtararo went on to capture a slice of MotoGP history after Marquez crashed out behind him, becoming the first French rider to win in MotoGP since 1999.
The 21-year-old started on pole for Yamaha’s satellite team, holding firm throughout the race to lead from start to finish.
“It’s the most beautiful day of my life!” he said to his team after the win.
“We need to enjoy this, it’s not every day you have your first MotoGP victory!”
Quartararo’s victory was also the first for the satellite team, and may serve as a telling sign of things to come after lead Yamaha rider, MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, crashed out of the race on lap 19.
Rossi, 41, will be replaced by Quartararo at Yamaha for the 2021 season.