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MotoGP Austria: Marquez taken to hospital, Ducatis remain top

Ducatis occupy the top two positions but a fall for Marc Marquez dislocates his left shoulder; taken to hospital for further checks.
UPDATE:"It has only been [a] fright! All is ok!" - tweet from Marc Marquez.

Marc Marquez has been taken to Leoben hospital after a fall dislocated his left shoulder during MotoGP FP3 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The championship leader fell when braking for the uphill, tight turn three when attempting to avoid team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who was touring around the outside of the hairpin.

Clearly in some discomfort, Marquez was seen to be holding his left collarbone in the wake of the crash, fuelling fears he had done some serious damage. However, upon returning to the Repsol Honda garage, it was reported that he suffered a dislocation to his left collarbone.

Honda's Carlo Fiorani told that the dislocation was not serious and Marquez could have returned to the track in the final half hour of the session had it been essential. However, as he had improved his time prior to the fall, all-but guaranteeing his place in Q2, it was deemed wiser to visit the medical centre for checks.

However, Movistar TV, the Spanish television station, reported that Marquez suffered a bang to the head in the incident, and this was a reason for his transfer to the hospital. If it is judged that Marquez has some form of concussion, he would be unable to participate in the remainder of the weekend. He ended the session ninth, a place ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Aside from the Marquez incident, Andrea Iannone was the fastest rider with Maverick Viñales second and Jorge Lorenzo third. Andrea Dovizioso did not improve on his Friday time, but remains second on the overall time sheets.

A late fall for Cal Crutchlow meant he slipped outside the top ten. The Englishman will join Danilo Petrucci, Eugene Laverty and the Tech 3 Yamahas of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro in Q1 this afternoon.

1. Andrea Iannone
2. Maverick Viñales
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Scott Redding
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Aleix Espargaro
7. Andrea Dovizioso
8. Hector Barbera
9. Marc Marquez
10. Dani Pedrosa
11. Danilo Petrucci
12. Eugene Laverty
13. Michele Pirro
14. Cal Crutchlow
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Alvaro Bautista
17. Bradley Smith
18. Pol Espargaro
19. Jack Miller
20. Tito Rabat
21. Stefan Bradl
22. Loris Baz

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Tagged as: Dani Pedrosa , Marquez

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August 13, 2016 11:25 AM

Luvnit: Marquez can afford to miss this race and rest his shoulder as it would be a bit silly to aggrevate it by trying to race. There is Brno next week so the sensible solution is to let the shoulder recover and be better for next week, as racing here could mean not doing well but causing further damage and missing Brno as well!
You do not know the extent of the injury so I would suggest its premature to call it silly for him to race. Sounds like wishful thinking that MM will sit it out and give up a bunch of points.


August 13, 2016 11:07 AM

Yossarian,Agreed,if Marc has concussion he will be stopped from racing. But if he is passed fit,he will ride. What his performance will be is anyones guess,but he will take as many points as he can. He will not want to pass this race and get zero points thats for sure.

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