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Marquez Crashes at 173 mph During Mugello Practice (Updated With Mugello Qualifying – Marquez Will Race)

According to reports, Honda’s Marc Marquez lost control of his bike while doing 198 mph on the long straight at Mugello, ultimately jumping off his bike at 173 mph to avoid hitting a wall. Fortunately, it appears that Marquez is not seriously injured. He has a swollen chin and strained neck in addition to some bruising.

During qualifying, Marquez complained of shoulder pain, but managed to finish in 6th position, while his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa took pole. Here are the qualifying results for tomorrow’s Mugello MotoGP (from Q2).

Pos.

Num.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1

26

Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

340.5

1’47.157

 

2

99

Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

338.7

1’47.226

0.069 / 0.069

3

4

Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati

341.0

1’47.628

0.471 / 0.402

4

35

Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

340.0

1’47.632

0.475 / 0.004

5

6

Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

340.8

1’47.737

0.580 / 0.105

6

93

Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

338.4

1’47.763

0.606 / 0.026

7

46

Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

340.6

1’47.872

0.715 / 0.109

8

69

Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati

339.8

1’48.006

0.849 / 0.134

9

19

Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda

342.9

1’48.355

1.198 / 0.349

10

51

Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati

341.8

1’48.564

1.407 / 0.209

11

38

Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

333.9

1’48.706

1.549 / 0.142

12

41

Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART

330.5

1’48.765

1.608 / 0.059

17 Comments

  1. Busa1 says:

    It’s not the crash that usually kills ya it’s the sudden STOP! Marquez did the right thing bailing before hitting the wall. he fared a better chance of survival not hitting it. Lost 6 friends to those sudden stops and witnessed 4 of them….

  2. Norm G. says:

    go alpinestars…!!! go shoei…!!!

  3. 79SR500 says:

    Granted he had “lost control of his bike” but do you have more control after you jump off?

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      Funny. :-) In all seriousness though, if you lose control of the bike, then you have no less control of it after you jump off. You at least have a split second of control as to where your body is going at the time you bail, though.

  4. Chris says:

    I have been in that area more than a few times. I can’t imagine bailing out at that speed. That is almost tunnel vision speeds. Glad he is okay. And agreed and wonder like the post above…how far did he slide?

  5. craigo298er says:

    Word is he hit a paint strip and lost control. But jumping off at 173 is a lot better than hitting a wall at maybe 120+

  6. Peter Wylie says:

    I rode a rental ‘Busa in 2000 to an indicated 315kph on the Autobahn South of Frankfurt on a tour to the French MotoGP. My world was a mile down the road ’cause I was going to be there soon. I kept thinking about body bags. Also a brand new rear tire was used up in 3 days of this kind of behavior. But, boy, you sure could get places fast.

  7. brinskee says:

    I’ve never even ridden a motorcycle at 173MPH. Well I did take one up to 171(indicated) once on the Autobahn, and I cannot imagine bailing at that speed. Glad he’s not hurt and wondering what happened??

  8. Tom R says:

    My goodness, I wonder how far he slid.

    • VLJ says:

      Jumping off while on a long straight, I’m wondering how he didn’t tumble like crazy.

    • Ross says:

      Growing old beats the alternative hands down, and you have only one way of avoiding it.

  9. Gary says:

    Must be nice to be young and durable. I pulled a muscle just thinking about what that crash must’ve been like.

  10. mickey says:

    Wow would hate to make the decosion at 173 mph to jump off or hit a wall. Neither decision sounds very promising. Guess he chose the right one. Glad he wasnt badly hurt.

  11. ROXX says:

    YEEOUZAAA!