Marquez made a convincing bid to regain ‘Save of the Year’ title at Sepang, with a remarkable recovery from a front-wheel slide during FP4.
Filmed from all angles in breath-taking detail, the footage shows Marquez losing the front wheel at full lean in Turn 1.
To all intents and purposes, he has crashed. But in increasingly familiar style, and even though his left foot is off the footpeg, he picks the bike up again on his right knee and elbow.
With the bike all but horizontal, the sliding front paints a clear black line until it grips again, and flicks him back up into the seat. And off he goes to complete the lap.
So far, the best save this year was accomplished by Loris Baz at Austin in Texas. But there was an element of pure luck to that. Marquez has now done this so often that – in the words of great classic golfer Gary Player – “the more I practice, the luckier I get.”