JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, Spain (AP) — Six-time defending MotoGP champion Marc Márquez broke his right arm in a crash at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
His Honda team said Márquez “suffered a transverse diaphyseal fracture to his right humerus” and is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Barcelona.
The team said the 27-year-old Márquez will remain under observation for 12 hours but “no other serious head or thoracic trauma” was discovered.
“Sometimes things don’t go as you expect but the most important thing is to get back up and move on,” Márquez said on Twitter. “I promise you all that I will come back as soon as possible and even stronger.”
The team said Márquez’s “recovery time is yet unknown.”
The Spaniard went down hard with four laps to go and was carried off the track on a stretcher. He started third but had to come from behind after losing control of his bike and avoiding an earlier crash that put him back in the pack at the beginning of the race.
MotoGP will race again in Jerez de la Frontera next weekend.
Sunday’s race — won by Frenchman Fabio Quartararo — was the first of 13 in a reduced calendar that was originally scheduled to start in March but was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The race was held without fans and under strict health controls.
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