IN an extraordinary postscript to Marc Marquez’s fifth MotoGP world title, the 25-year-old Honda star dislocated his shoulder in the post-race celebrations at Motegi in Japan.
Marquez was given an congratulatory hug on his victory lap by Brit Scott Redding, popping the Spaniard’s shoulder.
The newly crowned champion soon recovered and continued his celebrations and is expected to be fit for the Australian GP this weekend at Phillip Island.
Marc Marquez is the toast of the MotoGP world yet again.Source:AFP
“The shoulder just popped out. Luckily with the adrenaline it doesn’t hurt,’’ he said.
Redding apologised for the exuberant embrace.
“Once we were rivals, big rivals, now we have nothing but respect and fun. Sorry for the dislocated shoulder,” Redding said.
No joke. Marquez wins a 7th world title and has his shoulder dislocated by an over enthusiastic pat on the back from competitor Scott Redding. pic.twitter.com/hgOwQCg9cN
Marquez’s achievement of five premier class titles puts him equal with Aussie Mick Doohan who was happy to share the honours.
“Marc is a brilliant rider and deserves all he has achieved at only 25 years old,’’ Doohan said.
“He is riding a perfect season, with eight wins to date, combined with his strong consistency that’s put him on the podium at most races.’’
Marc Marquez is enjoying a MotoGP season for the ages.Source:Getty Images
At Ducati, Alvaro Bautista will replace the injured Jorge Lorenzo at Phillip Island this weekend.
Bautista, who rides a satellite Ducati for the Angel Nieto Team, finished fifth in Japan to pass Aussie Jack Miller into 12th on the championship ladder.
Miller crashed out of the Motegi race after starting from the front row but hopes for a better performance at his home race.
Jack Miller hopes for a better result at his home GP at Phillip Island. Pic: Getty ImagesSource:Supplied
“It’s a shame especially because the weekend was really positive,’’ Miller said.
“The race pace was not bad and I felt I could get close to (Alex) Rins and (Andrea) Iannone but after having overtaken Zarco I made a mistake and I crashed.
“Now we go to Australia and I want to do well in my home GP.’’
Originally published as Champ suffers bizarre celebration injury
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