Freak accident ends Spanish rookie’s season

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Spanish rookie Marc Marquez has been ruled out for the final two races of the 2008 125GP campaign after he was involved in a freak accident during this morning’s opening free practice session in Sepang.

Marquez suffered a dislocation of the cartilage of his right tibia when both of his legs got trapped in the back wheel and swingarm of his Repsol KTM machine after a crash.

He lost the front in an incident with French rider Cyril Carrillo but it became apparent he was trapped when several marshals failed to release him.

The 15-year-old, who claimed a podium finish at the British GP back in June, was stuck in pain for over 15 minutes as race officials called for his mechanics to attend the scene and remove the back wheel of his machine to free him.

Marquez will fly back to Spain from the Far East for further assessments, but he is expected to need at least two weeks to recover, forcing him to miss this weekend’s Sepang clash and the final race in Valencia on October 26.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt