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Six-time defending champ Marc Marquez fractures right arm in crash at Spanish GP

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Six-time defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez broke his right arm in a crash at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

His Honda team said Marquez "suffered a transverse diaphyseal fracture to his right humerus” and is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Barcelona.

The team said the 27-year-old Marquez will remain under observation for 12 hours but "no other serious head or thoracic trauma” was discovered.

"Sometimes things don’t go as you expect but the most important thing is to get back up and move on,” Marquez said on Twitter. "I promise you all that I will come back as soon as possible and even stronger."

The team said Marquez’s "recovery time is yet unknown.”

The Spaniard went down hard with four laps to go and was carried off the track on a stretcher. He started third but had to come from behind after losing control of his bike and avoiding an earlier crash that put him back in the pack at the beginning of the race.

MotoGP will race again in Jerez de la Frontera next weekend.

Sunday's race — won by Frenchman Fabio Quartararo — was the first of 13 in a reduced calendar that was originally scheduled to start in March but was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The race was held without fans and under strict health controls.

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