WATCH: MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez Survives Chilling Tumble Across Silverstone

Published 08/28/2021, 6:16 AM EDT
Spanish MotoGP rider Marc Márquez prepares for the upcoming Japanese GP by taking his Repsol Honda bike for a spin on the legendary Hakone Turnpike road in Hakone. Marquez can be crowned World Champion for the fifth time if results go his way at Motegi. // Marc Márquez poses in Hakone Turnpike on October 17, 2018 ahead of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan // Taku Nagami/Red Bull Content Pool // For more content, pictures and videos like this please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com


The dangers of motorsport never cease to make themselves known. Recently, Moto GP saw a frightening incident at Silverstone, where Marc Marquez slid across the circuit. It was during the free practice session of the British Moto GP, at the end of which, the racer was a part of a horrific accident.

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Marc Marquez had set the fastest time; finishing the session on top of the timesheets. The Spaniard approached Maggotts at a rapid 170mph. His Respol Honda gave in beneath him; luckily Marquez was quick to react and slid away from the bike. As a result of the speed, the racer tumbled across the grass in the form of numerous barrel rolls.

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The Ant of Cervera eventually stopped and got up to walk away. Not a stranger to such dangerous situations, Marquez is now known for his crashes. After two huge incidents in Jerez and another in Assen, Marc also lost a possible win in Austria because of a last-minute tumble.

Moto GP phoenix- Marc Marquez

Before the Silverstone scare, Marquez most recently had an incident in Jerez. The eight-time champion fractured his arm in the 2020 season opener in Spain; having been away from the track until April this year. He returned to the Portuguese GP, but didn’t expect to do so.

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Marquez fittingly once said, “In the hard moments you need to show your potential. In the good moments, everybody is happy and smiling and quick, in the hard moments you need to fight.” Making his way back to the two wheels, he showed his relentlessness and drive to win. “My style is to try to suffer to improve and come back. And to enjoy it on the bike. Now I am not enjoying it, now I am suffering.”

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The veterans well appreciated the legend’s return to the sport. Alberto Puig had said, “Marc’s comeback has been more difficult than expected…it’s really amazing. He’s riding with, I will not say one arm but let’s say with one and a half arms. I think only one guy can do this and it’s him.”

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His arm was a cause of anxiety for him as Marquez questioned if he would have a normal arm again. Persisting through the pain, he is back on the track. Luckily the barrel rolls at Silverstone didn’t worsen his situation; the man is clearly made of steel.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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