Marc Marquez sedated after chest trauma and arm fracture in MotoGP horror crash

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Marc Marquez is facing surgery after his horrific crash in the first MotoGP race of the season.

The reigning world champion was sent flying from his machine at high-speed and was removed from the track with a neck brace whilst also holding his right arm.

He was taken to the medical centre at the Jerez circuit with Spanish newspaper La Razon reporting he was diagnosed with a fracture of his right humerous.

There are said to be concerns over possible nerve damage in the joint in his upper arm, as well as chest trauma which led to him being sedated due to the pain.

The 27-year-old is set to be monitored for the next 12 hours and will certainly undergo surgery.

But he may wait to be operated on by specialists in Barcelona depending on whether the humeral nerve is affected or not.

He looks almost certain to be ruled out of next Sunday's race, also at Jerez, and his participation in the remainder of the delayed season is in serious jeopardy.

Marquez will also have concerns having dealt with right shoulder problems in the past.

The Spaniard, who won his fourth straight world title in the premier class last season, was left down in 18th position after a miraculous save whilst leading the race saw him forced through the gravel trap.

He hunted his way through the pack and was looking to pass Maverick Vinales for second place when disaster struck with just four laps to go.

He high-sided and slammed onto the asphalt before tumbling into the gravel trap and appearing to be hit by his Repsol Honda machine.

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Marquez started third on the grid following a solid qualifying round.

“In FP4 the race pace was really good, the most difficult thing is to keep the rhythm and try to understand so the most important thing is to keep that race pace for a lot of laps," he said.

"Tomorrow will be crucial, both Yamaha riders have a good pace too.

"We will have to understand where our level is and find the maximum.

“During pre-season I was on a different bike and you can see a different aerodynamic package but with the new rules we just understood it was not the moment to try new things and we come back and we have an evolution of the 2019 bike and during Wednesday and Friday the speed was there but the feeling was not there with the bike and that’s what I tried to find today.

"In FP4 I started to feel the sweet feeling to allow me to understand a better way the bike is asking to me to be fast and of course.”

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