Buriram - Spaniard Marc Marquez recovered from a "nightmare" crash to record
the sixth fastest lap during an afternoon practice at the Chang
International Circuit in Thailand, keeping hopes alive for a sixth
The Honda rider was back in form hours after he
tumbled off his bike as he hit a corner in a morning session, prompting a
trip to a hospital in Buriram for an MRI.
Declared fit to race
Marquez told reporters he was still feeling pain in his back, pelvis and
knee after the crash, which rattled the superstar.
"It was a nightmare, around five seconds I couldn't breathe," the 26-year-old said. "It was a big impact."
He added that it was his mistake but new tires and track conditions could have factored in.
secured his eighth victory of the season at Aragon Motorland in Spain
last month, a victory all but ending any lingering hopes Andrea
Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Maverick Vinales and Valentino
Rossi still had of lifting the trophy.
He has his eyes on sealing the title in Thailand on Sunday.
It is the second time the Thailand MotoGP has been held at the Chang circuit in Buriram.
won the inaugural race last year in a thrilling last turn battle with
Ducati's Dovizioso, who sits second in the standings.
in rural northeastern Thailand and has been transformed into a sporting
hub by an extremely rich local bigwig with powerful political