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KUTA MANDALIKA, Indonesia, March 18Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez suffered a high-speed crash during second practice at the Indonesian Grand Prix on Friday as defending champion Fabio Quartararo roared to go fastest.

World-class motorcycling is back in Indonesia for the first time in 25 years and there was drama in the second practice session on a sweltering afternoon at the new Mandalika circuit on the tropical island of Lombok.

Spaniard Marquez had already suffered some hair-raising wobbles on his Honda and flew off at high speed at Turn 11 before tumbling painfully into the gravel.

The 29-year-old got up shortly after and should be fit for qualifying on Saturday and race day on Sunday when rain and thunderstorms are forecast.

The bad fall left Marquez in 22nd position on the timesheets, which were dominated by Frenchman Quartararo.

As overcast morning conditions gave way to afternoon sun, the 22-year-old ran into trouble with his Yamaha at the start of the second session, stopping on the track.

But he was soon back in action and belatedly found the pace to finish the day fastest with a time of 1min 31.608s, with Italian Franco Morbidelli 0.030s off the pace in second, also on a Yamaha.

Third was Frenchman Johann Zarco, 0.285 off the lead, on his Ducati.

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Italian Enea Bastianini, who won the season-opening GP in Qatar earlier this month, finished fifth for Gresini Racing but also fell later.

Motorcycle-mad Indonesia hosted the Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1996 and 1997 near the capital Jakarta, but its ambitions to become a mainstay of the sport were torpedoed by the Asian financial crisis.

There were teething problems for Indonesia’s return to top-level motorcycling, with the Mandalika track needing substantial resurfacing for this week’s action.

During testing in February, MotoGP riders complained that the circuit was dirty and cracked in places.

The new MotoGP campaign has a record 21 races this season, ending on November 6 in Valencia.

Best combined training times:

1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 1:31.608, 2. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha) at 0.030 sec, 3. Johann Zarco (FRA/Ducati) 0.285, 4. Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati) 0.296, 5. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati) 0.313, Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati) 0.357, 7. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 0.400, 8. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 0.409, 9. Miguel Oliveria (POR/KTM) 0.441 , 10. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 0.498