Buriram MotoGP: Vinales leads practice, Marquez has huge crash

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales topped the opening MotoGP practice for the Thailand Grand Prix at Buriram, as champion-elect Marc Marquez suffered a huge crash

Buriram MotoGP: Vinales leads practice, Marquez has huge crash

Marquez, who needs to outscore Andrea Dovizioso by two points to seal the title this weekend, was thrown off his Honda at the Turn 7 right-hander on an out-lap late in the session.

The impact with the ground ripped the rear wheel off Marquez's RC213V and left the rider himself needing the better part of a minute to get up off his knees.

He limped off the site of the crash with the aid of track workers, and climbed into the track ambulance that took him to the medical centre.

Marquez had immediately taken over out front at the very start of the session, and was over a second in the clear after the opening salvo of laps.

And while the gap was reduced shortly afterwards, nearest rival Valentino Rossi was still over eight tenths off Marquez's 1m31.187s effort.

As the 45-minute session passed its halfway point, Vinales closed to within half a second of Marquez. Dovizioso then followed Vinales on a flying lap to further reduce the gap to the championship leader.

Soon after Marquez's heavy crash, Petronas Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo - who like Dovizioso had taken a soft rear tyre - usurped the Honda man by posting a 1m31.170s.

But he was then eclipsed by factory counterpart Vinales at the chequered flag, the Spaniard ending the session two tenths clear courtesy of a 1m30.979s.

Despite the crash, Marquez ended the morning in third - narrowly ahead of the two Ducatis of Dovizioso and Jack Miller.

Rossi ended up sixth, one place ahead of Quartararo's Petronas team-mate Franco Morbidelli, who made it four Yamahas in the top seven.

Dovizioso's works Ducati team-mate Danilo Petrucci was eighth, ahead of the lead Suzuki of Joan Mir and Miller's Pramac squadmate Francesco Bagnaia.

Suzuki's other rider Alex Rins had his bike cut out on the main straight in the closing stages of the session, and was towed back to the paddock. He ended up 11th, ahead of the Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol.

The latter was the comfortably the fastest KTM rider, despite continuing to nurse the left wrist injury he'd sustained at Aragon.

Tech3 KTM rookie Miguel Oliveira had crashed at the same corner as Marquez at the very start of the session, but rejoined soon and ended up 17th.

Takaaki Nakagami in 14th was the next-best Honda behind Marquez, while the two 2019-spec RC213Vs of Nakagami's LCR team-mate Cal Crutchlow and works rider Jorge Lorenzo could only muster 18th and 19th respectively.

Practice one times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m30.979s - 21
2 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 1m31.170s 0.191s 21
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m31.187s 0.208s 17
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m31.205s 0.226s 20
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m31.227s 0.248s 18
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m31.482s 0.503s 22
7 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 1m31.569s 0.590s 22
8 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m31.593s 0.614s 18
9 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m31.753s 0.774s 22
10 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 1m31.799s 0.820s 20
11 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m31.847s 0.868s 20
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m31.865s 0.886s 17
13 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m31.895s 0.916s 20
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1m31.947s 0.968s 19
15 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1m32.239s 1.260s 19
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1m32.280s 1.301s 21
17 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 1m32.524s 1.545s 15
18 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m32.554s 1.575s 19
19 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1m32.838s 1.859s 19
20 Mika Kallio KTM 1m32.877s 1.898s 23
21 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM 1m33.033s 2.054s 18
22 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 1m33.129s 2.150s 17


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