MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was in third position but has been forced to retire from the competition. The incident occurred when Frenchman Johann Zarco lost control of his Yamaha under braking. Zarco was sent tumbling off the track and his bike slammed into the back of Marquez, wrecking the rear of the Spaniard’s Honda. “I could not slow down even more, maybe I should’ve braked a bit earlier but it was a bit complicated. I touched his rear wheel and I totally fly away,”Zarco remembered.
Zarco after accident
Despite the carnage to his bike, Zarco was able to walk away from the crash and he was thankful when interviewed afterwards. He said the scariest part of his horror high-speed shunt at Phillip Island was a sense that he’d never stop sliding once coming off his bike. It also was a lucky escape for Marquez. He now has the unfortunated record of failing to finish in Australia on three occasions after winning the world title in Japan (2014, 2016 and 2018). “I feel very lucky. I will not complain because it was a racing incident,” he said. Maverick Vinales powered to a dominant victory at the Australian MotoGP.