MotoGP champ Marc Marquez in terrifying accident

Defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is currently recovering from surgery after suffering a horrifying crash in his first race of the season.

After losing control of his bike with only four laps remaining at the Spanish Grand Prix, Marquez was launched through the air at tremendous speed. Soon after he slammed the ground, the front tire of his motorcycle collided with his right arm and completely broke his humerus bone.

Prior to the crash, the 27-year-old — who has won six of the past seven MotoGP championships — had made an amazing save in the early stages. As he stretched his advantage, he abruptly lost control and skittered off into the gravel. However, he somehow pulled himself together and fought his way to second place.

However, it was all for naught after the terrifying crash near the end of the race.

Much like NASCAR, MotoGP racing mandates safety measures in racing equipment to protect riders including back protectors, face protectors, and even an electronic airbag system inside the suit. Despite these proactive measures, the sport remains one of the most dangerous in the world.

“Everyone who races in the World Championship has the unfortunate possibility of getting injured and having to go to the operating room,” team manager Alberto Puig said. “Unfortunately, it was our turn and it was Marc who has had to undergo surgery. Marc will take some time to recover, but we are happy with how everything has gone.”

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