MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez managed to get a second-place finish on Sunday, but there were still some questions about his left shoulder’s condition. However, the 20-year-old racer says he won’t be needing surgery as a result of his injury.
Marquez crashed in warm-up on Sunday, dislocating his shoulder, but he still finished in second, extending his points lead. He’s now up 30 points on Dani Pedrosa in the standings; surgery might have made that a tenuous lead, but now it seems safer. He has a few days more to rest before the next MotoGP at Misano, and that should help him rehab the injury.
Of course, Marquez was wearing a technologically advanced suit from Alpinestars that recorded all sorts of data when he crashed; the company released some of that information following the crack-up. According to their information, the suit deployed 0.168 seconds before Marc landed on his left shoulder.
Their press release states “Full inflation was recorded at 0.048 seconds after deployment ensuring the protection was in place 0.055 seconds before impact.” Supposedly, peak energy force in the accident was 22.55g, which was mostly on the left shoulder, and mostly absorbed by the suit, which remained inflated through the incident.