Marquez highsides in Moto2 debut

Marquez uninjured following huge highside in the opening Moto2 round at Qatar

MARC Marquez escaped uninjured following a huge highside in the opening Moto2 round at Qatar.

The 2010 125 Champion lined up on the grid in second place but a poor start saw Marquez buried in the pack. The miniscule rider came through to join the leading group, before the spectacular highside from sixth position out on the fifth lap.

Marquez was fine after flinging himself into the night sky and landing in a shower of sparks. After showing promise the young Spaniard was uninjured but visible angry with himself after the crash, he said: "I'm fine, though I'm angry with myself because the team had done a great job for this grand prix. I want to apologise to them.”

“In the free practice sessions I felt really good on the bike, but I had a bad start and I wanted to recover too fast." continued Marquez.

“As they say, you always learn the hard way and this crash will be a lesson for me. The first mistake was at the start and then I made the second, to rush. I am really angry because we were doing such a good job.

“I was worried about the start and the front of the bike jumped. The crash was when I was going out of the corner, as I opened the gas too early. The warm-up being yesterday is no excuse, as it is the same for everyone.

The Moto2 championship shifts to Jerez for the second round and the impressive Spaniard will continue to learn: "We still have many kilometres ahead to learn and today the overeagerness to do well took its toll. I am certain I will learn from that mistake. It was a pity, as I had a good pace. Anyway, I hope everything goes better in Jerez."

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