Wilairot was transferred to a hospital in Melbourne where he was diagnosed with back and knee injuries, but fortunately no broken bones, while Marquez picked up some scrapes and bruises but was able to ride in FP2 where he finished in 17th.
The Race Direction after studying the incident handed down a one minute penalty to add to Marquez’s qualifying time which will mean he’ll start at the back of the grid on race day. Marquez team lodged an appeal, but the FIM stewards confirmed the Race Direction’s decision.
The FIM issued the following statement:
“On Friday 14th October after passing the chequered flag at the end of the first free practice rider Marc Marquez, rode in an irresponsible manner, causing danger to rider Ratthapark Wilairot which is an infringement to the Art 1.21.2 of the 2011 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulations. The Race Direction has decided to impose a time penalty of one minute to be added to the qualification time of Marc Marquez.”