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Thailand GP Friday recap: Marquez crash on CCTV, Jack Miller’s Taxi

Friday was a big, big day at the Thailand GP. The biggest story of the day was Marc Marquez’s monster crash, and now MotoGP has released footage from the trackside CCTV security cameras that shows it in all its violent ferocity. 

That the Honda managed to miss the reigning champ is nothing short of a miracle, and the video is scary to watch. 

Marc Marquez Gets Ejected 

Worth noting too, Marquez only needs to outscore Andrea Dovizioso by 2 points at the Thailand GP in order to clinch the title with 4 rounds remaining, as he has a 98 point lead going into this round. 

Jack Miller: Taxi Driver and Bump Starter 

Let it never be said that MotoGP riders aren’t mates. Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales needed a bit of help from Aussie Ducati pilot Miller after stalling while attempting a practice start after FP2. 

Showing impressive core strength and skill, Miller helped get Viñales’s bike running again. That also meant Miller couldn’t do his own practice start.  

Miller is a serial sweep rider in MotoGP, remarking on the series’s Instagram account, “No worries @motogp you missed my tow for @aleixespargaro in Aragon always here to help 👷🏽‍♂️👷🏽‍♂️” complete with Bob the Builder emojis. 

Quotes of the Day 

Pol Espargaro, who is riding with a plated wrist at the Thailand GP joked that he considered “opening the throttle and trying to catch” Marquez on Friday. It was the KTM rider who was directly behind Marquez, and Espargaro’s plated wrist is the direct result of a crash on the out lap of a practice session too. So he know how the Spaniard felt. 

 “Of course we didn’t start the Thai GP in the best way,” is just about the most understated way anyone could describe Friday morning’s events in Spain. Marquez’s deadpan assessment almost distracted us from the reality of the crash, which knocked the wind well and truly out of him. 

Why Did Marquez Crash? 

In that same interview Marquez gave us a proper explanation of the crash, noting that he would usually not close the throttle fully in that corner, but on this occasion, did. The fact that the out lap was so much slower, that he’d just run wide passing the KTM, and that Marquez closed the throttle fully when usually he wanted all contributed. The electronics on modern MotoGP bikes are calibrated for high speed, and they don’t seem to work as well when riders are going more slowly, or when the throttle position is fully closed. 

It’s as good an explanation as any, and it adds a bit more intrigue to a weekend in which Yamaha seems to once again have an advantage. Yamahas fill the top three spots on the timesheets so far, ahead of Jack Miller’s Ducati. Valentino Rossi is fifth, ahead of Marquez. 

Thai Title

It seems every more likely that the MotoGP world championship will be sealed in Thailand. Andrea Dovizioso must beat Marquez to keep his incredibly slim title hopes alive, but could only manage eighth-fastest today behind the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro. 

Dovizioso’s 1m31.027s lap is only 2 tenths away from Marquez so far, but 6 tenths off the leaders ahead. Let’s hope the Italians can find something to spice up the race come Sunday.

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Written by: Jacob Black

Jacob enjoys riding motorcycles, racing motorcycles, watching 
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