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Marc Marquez was rushed from the Spanish Grand Prix in a neck brace this afternoon after suffering a horrendous crash.
The MotoGP hero, who has won six titles in the sport, was stalking Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales with just four laps to go.
Marquez leaned to his left as he turned a corner, as one of the BT Sport commentators noted that his bike looked 'loose'.
The TV footage cut to Valentino Rossi in the pit garage but soon cut back to the race action as Marquez was thrown across the gravel.
A full replay showed the Spaniard's bike had jolted and sent him careering off the track.
Marquez initially sat up, feeling his right wrist which appeared to be in pain.
The rider was eventually taken off on a stretcher in a neck brace.
Marquez's arm appeared to land underneath his bike at first, which could affect the surgery he undertook on his shoulder in the past.
He was taken to the medical centre at the Jerez circuit with Spanish newspaper La Razon reporting he was diagnosed with a fracture of his right humerous.
There are said to be concerns over possible nerve damage in the joint in his upper arm, as well as chest trauma which led to him being sedated due to the pain.
The 2019 champion was leading the race before exiting the track and dropping to 18th in the earlier stages of the race.
But as he worked his way back into podium contention, the disaster struck.
Marquez started third on the grid this afternoon following a solid qualifying round.
“In FP4 the race pace was really good, the most difficult thing is to keep the rhythm and try to understand so the most important thing is to keep that race pace for a lot of laps," he said.
"Tomorrow will be crucial, both Yamaha riders have a good pace too.
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"We will have to understand where our level is and find the maximum.
“During pre-season I was on a different bike and you can see a different aerodynamic package but with the new rules we just understood it was not the moment to try new things and we come back and we have an evolution of the 2019 bike and during Wednesday and Friday the speed was there but the feeling was not there with the bike and that’s what I tried to find today.
"In FP4 I started to feel the sweet feeling to allow me to understand a better way the bike is asking to me to be fast and of course.”
- Marc Marquez
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