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GP Week : Issue 184
MOTOGP >>> nEWs MOTOGP >>> nEWs Marc Marquez used up at least one life when he accomplished his latest record- breaking feat ... the fastest-ever crash in motorcycle grand prix racing. The previous fastest was also at Mugello ... but Marquez crashed further along the undulating straight, and on a faster motorcycle than previous record-holder shiny Nakano’s Kawasaki. Mercifully both escaped serious injury – Marquez by the expedient of jumping off still at around 200 mph as the bike veered towards the track-side wall. The track goes over a crest just before that point. Marquez: “There are some bumps and the front is floating a little bit. I braked at the same point but a little more aggressive in the first part ... and the front wheel was locking. “My reaction was to release the brake to try to save the crash, but then when it took the grip again it pushed me to the grass. When I was there I saw the wall. I was going directly to the wall, and I jumped off the bike. It was better like that.” Honda’s own data recorded the crash starting when the wheel locked at 328 km/h; other figures from leather manufacturers Alpinestars put the loss of control at 337.9 km/h (209.9 mph). He hit the ground 0.080 seconds later, by which time the airbags in his leathers had already been fully inflated for 0.030 of a second. According to Alpinestars the force of the impact maxed out the Tech Air system’s sensors at 25G. Thanks to his safety equipment (and quick thinking) Marquez escaped serious injury, beyond “a small crack in the shoulder, big pain in the legs, and my face ...” This referred to bruising and abrasions to his chin, caused by gravel entering his helmet, and concealed under a determined-looking dressing. Marquez crashed twice more in free practice, both times at low speed after running off, and again in the race, having caught and passed team-mate Pedrosa (below). MARQUEZ ANDTHAT FASTEST-EVER RACE BIKE CRASH Record-breaker sets another ... 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: