As the dust settles on a climactic MotoGP season opener in Spain, racing officials have confirmed that Marc Marquez suffered a fractured humerus during his turn three crash.
The Spanish rider will stay in Jerez for observation over the next 12 hours, before travelling to Barcelona for surgery.
Marquez had an early moment on turn four, pushing him to the rear of the grid. However, the rider managed an incredible comeback to P3 before suffering a high-speed crash on turn four.
MotoGP traumatology specialist Dr Mir later confirmed that Marquez fractured his humerus during the incident.
“Marc Marquez has suffered an injury, it seems, from a direct impact of the tyre to the right arm, resulting in a fracture to the shaft of the humerus, a complete fracture although it isn’t completely displaced, with some possible paralysis of the radial nerve, although we’re not certain,” said Dr Mir.
“This injury has been immobilised here for when they decide to move him to Barcelona to carry out a definitive treatment.”
French rider Fabio Quartararo took the top spot on the podium, for his first ever premier-class win. Vinales and Dovizioso rounded the podium.
More to come.
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