Marquez: I was fortunate not to crash

Marc Marquez has admitted that he should consider himself lucky not to crash during the second free practice at Brno on Friday. 

The Repsol Honda rider, who dislocated his shoulder after crashing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last week, lost the front end of his RC213V at Turn 13, but managed to stay upright and keep going.

Marquez used his knee to push himself back up and even went on to clock the fastest time despite his close shave.

“I leaned 67 degrees – 67.5 – that time I leaned 68.3 [degrees],” he told reporters. “When I lost the front, the first moment I thought, ‘this is a crash’.

“I was lucky because I could a stand [up] the bike a little bit, but the front was still closing. When I was there, I was with the knee pushing on the floor, and in the end I was able to save it.

“Sometimes I say you must be lucky to save that, but already many times [I’ve done this]… so something is there. How I do it I don’t know. But I hope to not repeat it in the race.”

Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo, who trails Marquez by 43 points on the MotoGP standings, admitted that the 23-year-old is taking a lot of risks, but added that it’s paying off as he is riding extremely well.

“Marc is riding very well taking a lot of risks too,” he said. “You don’t need to be a genius to see that Marc is pushing hard and riding on the limit. He rides that way, is very aggressive and very agile, and that’s why he saves a lot of crashes.”