Marquez was on an out-lap in the closing 10 minutes of the session when he lost the rear of his RC213V going into the Turn 7 right-hander and was launched into a highside.

Marquez was taken to the circuit medical centre for initial checks, before being transferred to the local hospital for further assessment on his left leg and back.

Despite his crash, the rider ended FP1 third-fastest having led for much of it, with Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales setting the pace ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

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