Two-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has been airlifted to hospital with an apparent shoulder injury after crashing in the third practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Honda says its rider “is going by heli to Leoben hospital to have his left shoulder checked”.
After clocking the third-fastest lap time until then, the championship leader went down on turn three and just avoided taking out Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez leads two Yamaha riders in the world championship standings. He’s 48 points clear of Jorge Lorenzo and 59 ahead of Valentino Rossi.
Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone came 1-2 in the third of four practice sessions ahead of qualifying later on Saturday.