Alex Marquez vomited twice during the MotoGP Sprint in Americas GP as Jorge Martin couldn’t breathe properly as well.

Gresini Ducati’s Marquez looked strong in the MotoGP Sprint in Americas GP running fifth, having overtaken Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo and riding on the tail of the leading pack. But that moment lived short-lived when he crashed at Turn 12.

At that moment, it looked like a normal crash having lost the bike under braking but post-race, Marquez revealed he had vomited in his helmet and was feeling sick in the race. The Spaniard vomited again when he made it to the garage post the crash.

“I tried not to get nervous, but halfway through the race I started to feel sick to my stomach and I vomited as I braked,” Marquez told DAZN.  “It is as if the body has collapsed. I don’t know. Something has made me sick with the food, although I have eaten the same as always.

“For whatever reason, I have thrown up. Then, when I got to the garage, I vomited again, but now everything is clean. I was feeling good performance-wise in the race, as despite a crash in qualifying we still had the confidence and a good pace. Something has felt wrong. Now to rest for Sunday. It will be a long and hard race.

“We have rhythm. I ran out of steam, but we could keep up, which makes me happy. To improve the starts, which is the key point. I don’t know if I could have made the podium, but fifth place and keep fighting? Yes,” summed up Marquez.

The Spaniard was not the only one in the sick list as Pramac Ducati’s Martin struggled health wise as well. It was already known that he has a problem and it only went on the worse direction during the Sprint Race as he had difficulties in breathing.

Despite that he managed to keep Aleix Espargaro at bay for a podium. “I gave my 100%, I couldn’t breathe after two or three laps, I had no lungs,” said Martin. “It was very difficult to keep up the pace, but in the end I tried to stay calm. I knew Alex was faster, I tried to close, I used my experience. I feel strong for the race, I hope it’s a better day because I struggled in practice.”

Here’s how MotoGP Sprint in Americas GP panned out