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Marquez debut season ended by practice crash

Marquez debut season ended by practice crash

After suffering a leg injury in a free practice crash at Sepang Marc Marquez has seen his debut season in the World Championship come to a premature end.

In accident at the end of the first free practice session of the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, also involving French rider Cyril Carrillo, left Marc Marquez with a dislocation of the cartilage of his right tibia - ending his rookie season prematurely.

The Spanish youngster initially had his leg trapped in his KTM 125cc machinery, requiring the help of several stewards - and one of his mechanics who rushed to the scene - in order to be freed from the motorcycle. Carrillo walked away unhurt, whilst Marquez lay stricken on the ground, only able to be stretchered away after several minutes of intense work by the stewards.

Marquez is expected to require at least two weeks to recover from the injury meaning that he will miss the rest of this weekend´s action at Sepang and next week´s Parts Europe Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

The 15 year-old Repsol KTM 125cc rider made a later than scheduled debut in Portugal earlier this year after he broke his right arm in a pre-season crash at Jerez and missed the first two rounds of the season. Since then he has had an inconsistent campaign, the highlight being a surprise podium at Donington.

Repsol KTM sporting director Raul Jara commented, `It was a strange crash, it seemed like Carrillo caught him from the back. He doesn´t know exactly how it happened but unfortunately he ended up with both of his legs trapped in between the back wheel and the swing arm. It took a while to free his right leg and it looked quite bad, but after some scans it seems it is not as serious as we feared.´

`At the end of the tibia there is some cartilage which he has damaged, but as he is still growing this shouldn´t be a big problem. He has to go back to Spain and there will be further checks, but considering what happened it looks like he has been quite lucky.´

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125cc, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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