Alex Marquez’s Friday was less fortunate (with also a crash at turn 1) and he eventually chose to avoid any further risk after FP1. He will have a few more days of rest and recovery after giving it another try in Australia in less than a week.
“With three back-to-back races we need to look at the bigger picture and the decision to not continue was the logical one. The pain on the bike is still quite sever and my fitness would not have been good enough to complete a race. Having said that, I hope I will feel better soon so I can give it another go in Australia. I’d like to thank the team for their unconditional support… we’ll be back soon.”