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    18 June 2023

    Marquez sustains fracture after crashing for the fifth time during MotoGP weekend in Germany.

    Marquez’s Disastrous Weekend at Sachsenring

    The Sachsenring has always been a happy hunting ground for eight-time world champion Marc Marquez, who had never lost a race in the MotoGP class here. However, this weekend turned out to be an absolute nightmare for him as he suffered multiple crashes and injuries.

    It all started on Friday when Marquez crashed in FP2 while pushing for a lap time to get into Q2. He took Pramac’s Johann Zarco along with him, but thankfully both riders were unharmed. However, their war of words afterwards added fuel to the fire.

    The FIM stewards later issued a notification stating that it was the responsibility of the competitor exiting pitlane to be aware of any oncoming traffic into Turn 1.

    Saturday proved no better for Marquez as he crashed three times across both qualifying sessions, leaving him seventh on the grid. Though briefly running fifth in the 15-lap sprint later that day, several early warnings on his Honda led him to back off and he plummeted down to 11th place.

    Speaking after this race, Marquez admitted that taking such risks didn’t justify his results given how many crashes he had already experienced over the weekend.

    To add insult to injury – quite literally – Sunday morning saw yet another crash during warm-up session when Marquez was flicked from his bike going through Turn 6. The dejected rider limped away from trackside before being taken straight to medical center for checks where it was revealed he had fractured his first finger of left hand but declared fit enough by MotoGP officials allowing him still participate in afternoon’s German GP though chances looked very remote now considering his poor form throughout the weekend up until then.

    It is worth noting that Marquez’s crash tally for the 2023 season now stands at 12, which puts him equal with his injured Honda team-mate Joan Mir at the top of the fall charts. It appears as if Lady Luck has deserted them both this time around.

    LCR’s Alex Rins, who won the Americas GP, is out of action indefinitely after breaking his leg in a crash at Mugello. Takaaki Nakagami, on the sister LCR Honda also suffered a fast crash during Friday practice session aggravating an old hand injury sustained last year.

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