When Marc Marquez tweeted a picture from the Brno MotoGP test, showing the Spaniard with his entire arm on the racetrack and asking 'save or crash', many would have thought the latter.

But he did save it.

The reigning MotoGP champion later tweeted further pictures showing him somehow rising back onto two wheels:

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On Thursday at Silverstone the Repsol Honda star spoke about the save.

"I was really, really lucky because I lost the front, but really smoothly," he said. "I was able to save with my elbow, but it was very long and I was able to think during the slide how I can manage.

"Then when I was on the floor I say 'ok, now full gas'. I opened full gas and when I opened my eyes again I was on my bike! Ok, thank you very much!"

Marquez had lost his first race of the season at Brno the previous day but still holds a huge 77-point lead heading into the British MotoGP.