Takaaki Nakagami was the fastest racer of the third free practice in Jerez, marked by the ugly fall of Marco Marquez, who returned a few weeks ago after a nine-month absence due to injury.
Marquez broke his right arm in Jerez last July and needed three surgeries and a few months of recovery due to an injury. The Honda racer fell in the final minutes of training in the seventh turn. The fall, which involved a collision with a protective fence, visibly shocked the eight-time world champion, but he was able to pick himself up and return to the pits without visible injuries, which was also confirmed by a medical examination at the medical center of the racetrack.
The Spaniard finished the training in twelfth place, as he failed to improve his time, so today he will compete in the first part of the qualifiers, where Jack Miller, Brad Binder and Marquez's teammate Pol Espargaro will also compete.
It was Binder who was also one of the racers who fell. The South African fell in the fifth corner, and the KTM racer later returned to the track.