Marquez suffers injury scare at Jerez private test

MotoGP Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were back in action in a one-day private test in Jerez, Spain over the weekend.  

The Honda team were initially meant to hold two days of testing at Jerez but rain forced them to cancel Day 1.

There was a big scare for reigning MotoGP world champion Marquez and the team when he crashed at turn seven in the afternoon, dislocating his shoulder. After seeing medical personnel he returned to complete most of the scheduled testing with Pedrosa.

The data gathered from the testing will be sent back to Japan for analysis by the Honda team ahead of the final official winter testing from 10-12 March at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. 

Marquez confirmed on the Repsol Honda site that his shoulder injury was nothing too serious.    

"Today was a productive day, as we were able to do many laps and to work on our bike well," said Marquez.

"We did most of the work we had planned, which is good. 

"I crashed in the afternoon and dislocated my shoulder, but luckily it was nothing serious. Now I'll have some rest back at home and get ready for the next test, in Qatar."

Pedrosa said that despite only being able to test for one day they were satisfied with what they had accomplished.

"After missing yesterday, luckily today we were able to fully exploit the time available, even though the track conditions in the morning were not ideal and we had to concentrate all our testing schedule in one day," the Spaniard began. 

"We worked really hard but we're satisfied with what we've done here. Now we must keep focused and try and continue in the same way in Qatar in two weeks' time."